Our Team

Social development specialists with decades of
International development sector experience

Our Team

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Catherine Muller

Senior Technical Specialist

Catherine joined SDDirect in February 2018 as senior technical specialist in the women's economic empowerment team. Previously, she was as a Marie Curie post doc Fellow and Research Fellow in the Gender & Sexuality cluster at the Institute of Development Studies in Brighton. Her work there was centered around issues of gender, conflict and development, with a focus on violence against women and girls, and women's economic empowerment.

As an applied economist, Catherine has acquired extensive skills – and a passion – for the econometric analysis of (large) datasets using quasi-experimental methods (e.g. instrumental variables, difference-in-difference, matching). Her applied research in many different country contexts in Europe, Africa, the MENA region, South Asia and Latin America has also provided her the opportunity to gain an in-depth knowledge of qualitative research design and data analysis methodologies.

Some of her most exciting projects involved working with women in rural Liberia and Nepal to understand their role in peace building; and work with women, government representatives and non-governmental organisations in Palestine to understand forms and prevalence of violence against women and girls, investigate how services aimed at preventing such violence and supporting survivors could be improved and better work together, and how programmes to increase access to justice and security for women survivors of GBV made an impact in their lives. Catherine also designed and managed a nationally representative survey on domestic violence against women and men in Ghana for the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection, accompanied by in-depth qualitative research. Most recently, Catherine finished her work on one of IDRC's GrOW projects which looked at women's dual responsibilities of paid and unpaid care work. In this project she supported the quantitative data collection, and analyzed original time use data in Rwanda, Tanzania, Nepal and India. Finally, Catherine has also been quantitative expert in pathbreaking participatory work on modern slavery in India and Nepal for Freedom Fund.

In her spare time, Catherine loves spending time with her partner, cat and friends, and has a passion for cooking, making jewelry, keeping busy with DIY projects and/or travelling the world.