Hi! My name is Ariane Aumaitre and since 2021 I work as a Policy Modeller at the Employment, Labour and Social Affairs Directorate of the OECD in Paris. The focus of my work is on social inclusion policies, as well as on social protection for older people with long-term care needs. I have 5 years of experience working on policy analysis (you can find some examples of my work here). Before joining the OECD, I extensively collaborated with the firm KSNET, focusing on policy areas such as inequality, child poverty or gender equality.
I am also finishing my PhD in the Department of Political and Social Sciences of the European University Institute in Florence, where I work on welfare state sustainability in a post-industrial contexr (If you want to have a look, the first chapter is over here). In my research, I study the micro foundations of welfare state change, with a focus on gender and generational inequalities and the driving factors behind them. For this, I work with household income surveys from the last three to four decades that allow me to have a better sense of cross-country and time variation in citizens’ needs, risks and economic wellbeing.
Driven by my work with large household surveys, I have developed an increasing interest in data science. Surveys are often too large, hard to compare across countries, and require computational skills to work with them. I enjoy spending time coding in R and can spend countless hours in data visualization projects. You can find more about this kind of projects on my GitHub (ever wanted to find out how Taylor Swifts songs are related to one another?).
Before being a welfare state researcher, I focused on EU studies for a while, first in Maastricht University and then at the College of Europe in Bruges, where I obtained my MA in European Public Policy Analysis and later worked as an Academic Assistant. I have previously carried out research on European integration theories and the politics and policies of the Economic and Monetary Union.
In my free time, you can probably find me travelling, taking pictures with my camera, attending cycling races, spending time with my family and my dog Paul Anka, cooking soup, watching Gilmore Girls for the 20th time, listening to Taylor Swift or reading X-Men Comic Books.