Leen Vandecasteele is a Junior Professor of Sociology at the Eberhard Karls University of Tübingen. Her research is driven by an ambition to uncover the mechanisms of social inequality in the life course and how these are influenced by the institutional and social context. Against this background, there is a particular interest in uncovering processes of cumulative disadvantage at crucial life transitions and determining the individual, social network and institutional characteristics that help people to cope with economic disadvantage. The research is conducted on the basis of secondary data analysis of large-scale surveys.

Leen Vandecasteele obtained her PhD from the University of Leuven with a thesis on poverty dynamics and social stratification. Before coming to Tübingen, she was a Max Weber Fellow at the European University Institute, a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Manchester and a member of the survey quality team of the European Social Survey.

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