Researcher biography

After completing her Master’s in Social Science at the Free University Berlin in 2012, Nicole worked as a Research Assistant at the Institute of Social Science Research at the University of Queensland. During her work as a RA, Nicole was able to gain experience in quantitative and qualitative research within areas such as education, health, and family dynamics.

She is currently working on her PhD at the Institute of Social Science Research at the University of Queensland and holds a position as Research Associate at the Department of Social Sciences at Humboldt University of Berlin. For her PhD Nicole explores the economic consequences of partnership dissolutions. More precisely, she is interested in how personal wealth accumulation of men and women is disrupted through the dissolution of a partnership. For her research, she uses data from the German Socio-Economic Panel and applies methods such as sequence analysis, latent class analysis, and fixed effects and random effects regression models.

PhD topic

The gendered impact of union dissolution on personal wealth: A life course perspective


  • Professor Janeen Baxter (Principal)
  • Dr Sergi Vidal (Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona and Universitat Pompeu Fabra) (Associate)
  • Associate Professor Philipp Lersch (Humboldt University of Berlin and German Institute for Economic Research) (Associate)