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Anna Baranowska-Rataj is a new Professor in Population Studies at Umeå University


Since March 2023 is Anna Baranowska-Rataj a new Professor in Population Studies at Centre for Demographic and Aging Research (CEDAR). In her research, she investigates processes linking labour market inequalities, family life and wellbeing.

Like many other demographers in Europe, Anna Baranowska-Rataj has an international and interdisciplinary background.

"I did my phd at the Institute of Statistics and Demography at Warsaw School of Economics in Poland. During that time, I went for research stays to Mannheimer Zentrum für Europäische Sozialforschung and Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research in Rostock. These two research stays were important experiences for my training and had a large impact on my way of thinking about doing research".

After completing her PhD, Anna joined the Department of Sociology at Umeå University, first as a postdoc and later on as a senior lecturer.

"Just before joining CEDAR as a professor, I also had the pleasure to be a guest professor at the LIVES Centre at the University of Lausanne. My plan for the future is to use these international experiences and connections to help researchers at CEDAR become even more visible both within Sweden and internationally"

Research on labor market and family dynamics using data from large surveys

Anna's research contributes to some of the major areas in population studies such as labor market, family and health. She uses quantitative data from large surveys like Survey of Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe (SHARE) and Swedish registers, including the register databases available at CEDAR.

"I am especially interested in interrelatedness of occupational careers, family life and health. For example, my ongoing project financed by the European Research Council, titled “The effects of unemployment on health of family members” (HEALFAM) investigates how losing a job affects health outcomes of partners, children and elderly parents of the unemployed. I also examine what institutional and cultural conditions make families of the unemployed resilient to economic shocks such as job losses".

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* This text was written by Karin Johansson. It has been first published at the website of Umeå University and is reproduced here with many thanks.