School of Social and Political Science

Clara Mascaró

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PhD student


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Research interests

Disability, Work, Employment transitions, Political Economy, Labour Market Policy, United Kingdom, Germany, Spain



Research Interests

My PhD thesis focuses on processes of exclusion from or disadvantage within paid employment experienced by working-age disabled people in the United Kingdom and Germany. Combining the social model of disability and insights from social stratification and comparative welfare state studies, I am interested in how labour market cleavages and the institutional construction of unemployment and/or disability apply to working-age disabled people across these two very different contexts. In order to tackle this question empirically, I conduct longitudinal analyses of the UK Household Longitudinal Survey (Understanding Society) and the German Socio-Economic Panel. Additionally, as a Research Assistant, I am involved in a project analysing the political economy of active labour market policies in a comparative perspective. Prior to my postgraduate studies, I worked as a Research Consultant, mainly on evaluations of employment policy and health and social care policy.


MSc by Research in Social Policy (with Distinction), University of Edinburgh (2018)

MA (Hons) Economics and Politics (First Class), University of Edinburgh (2015)


  • Co-organiser of the Work, Economy and Welfare Research Group at the University of Edinburgh.
  • Member of the UK-wide PhD and early career researcher network Money, Security and Social Policy (MSSP).
  • Member of the British Social Policy Association (SPA)
  • Associate Fellow of the British Higher Education Academy

Academic Presentations

“The Moral Economy of Incapacity Benefits: A critical assessment of normative developments in Germany and the United Kingdom”. Paper presented jointly with Larissa Nenning at the Espanet 2020 PhD Seminar, "Labour market participation of persons with disabilities – policies and practices". 3rd September, 2020.

“Analysing and critiquing norms of work, workers and working lives in the welfare state: the example of disability benefits in the UK and Germany”. Paper presented jointly with Larissa Nenning at the Interdisciplinary Summit “Challenging the Work Society” organised by the think-tank Autonomy. London, 27th September, 2019.

“Transitions between employment and incapacity to work in a European, comparative perspective: the roles of non-standard employment and labour market policies”. Paper presented at the III PROMEBI Summer School, University of Oviedo. 4th September 2018.

Scholarships and Awards

  • SOEP Visiting Young Scholars Program (April – July 2021)
  • ESRC +3.3 Doctoral Scholarship (2018-2022)
  • Prize for Best Performance in MSc by Research, School of Social and Political Science, University of Edinburgh (Nov 2018)


Undergraduate tutoring:

  • European Social Policy (2018/19 and 2019/20)
  • Introduction to Statistics for Social Science (2019/20)

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