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European Research Council (ERC) Awards

CReAM's Director, Christian Dustmann has been awarded an ERC Advanced grant on The Migration Challenge: Labour Markets, Policy Reforms, and Social Cohesion.

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CReAM's Deputy Director, Uta Schönberg has been awarded an ERC Consolidator grant on Wage Inequality.

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Cutting refugees’ benefits results in more crime and less education

Reducing welfare benefits for refugees and immigrants is largely ineffective for increasing employment and promoting integration, and instead leads to poverty, ‘survival crime’ and less schooling, according to a new study from CReAM's Christian Dustmann and co-authors from the Rockwool Foundation.

This research received very high media attention in Denmark and has resulted in a public hearing (26.03.2019) and a presentation in the Danish Parliament.

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Disadvantaged boys benefit most from early school years

Research by Christian Dustmann and Thomas Cornelissen finds that boys from disadvantaged backgrounds benefit most from early schooling, helping to narrow the skills gap (60-80%) with boys from high socio-economic backgrounds.

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Housing costs have exacerbated income equality in Germany

CReAM Research by Christian Dustmann and co-authors finds that changes in housing expenditures dramatically exacerbated the rise in income inequality in Germany since the mid-1990s. The research was covered on the German press.

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Immigrant and disadvantaged children benefit most from early childcare

Attending universal childcare from age three significantly improves the school readiness of children from immigrant and disadvantaged family backgrounds.

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BBC Three Counties

Christian Dustmann discussing Theresa May's comments on EU workers 'jumping the queue' on BBC Three Counties.

External Research Fellow

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Email: mari.vaattovaara@helsinki.fi

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Mari Vaattovaara

Mari Vaattovaara is professor in urban geography in the University of Helsinki. She was also nominated to be the vice dean in the faculty of science, responsible for external relations starting the year 2014. Her research interests relate to the social and spatial developments in urban areas, segregation, immigration, housing preferences, and housing choice as well as to the housing policy. In addition she has been working in the projects related to accessibility, creative and knowledge industries as well as to the competitiveness of urban regions. She has close to 80 publications in these fields. One of the latest publications with her colleagues from Norface –Nodes project was the most downloaded publication in 2013 in a high impact journal in Finland.

She has broad experience in doctoral training, as she has been the Chair and Vice Chair of nationwide multidisciplinary doctoral programmes of Housing Change as well as the Doctoral Programme of the Built Environment. Beginning this year she has been nominated to be the member of the board of one of the four doctoral schools at the University of Helsinki.

In addition to the academic research Mari Vaattovaara is a requested discussant in the public forums. She has over hundred appearances in the national media. She is also a member of the supervisory board of the Mortage Society of Finland Group, the only expert organization specializing in home financing and housing in Finland. She was awarded the prestigious Snellman Award from the University of Helsinki in 2013. The award is given for meritorious work in disseminating academic and scientific knowledge. In selecting the award winner, special attention will be given to work that has considerably promoted the public's recognition of the research carried out at and the main goals of the university.

Mari Vaattovaara joined CReAM as an External Research Fellow in April 2014.