Margarita is a Lecturer at the University of East London, where she is contributing to the development of a nascent Public Policy curriculum for the School of Social Sciences. Prior to this, Margarita taught a number MSc courses in Public Policy at University College London. She completed her PhD on the subject of pension reforms at the London School of Economics, following an MSc in European Political Economy and a BA in Philosophy, Politics and Economics.
Margarita is interested in the comparative study of how post-industrial societies deal with prevalent forms of labour market inequality. Her current research examines political attention to the phenomenon of labour market segmentation; the effect of income inequality on individual tax preferences (with Sarah Berens, University of Cologne); and the extent to which labour market status affects political participation and social policy preferences (with Anne-Marie Jeannet, Bocconi University). As a Visiting Fellow at the European Institute, Margarita will be working closely with Waltraud Schelkle as part of a research project on pension reforms and the financial crisis based at the Hertie School of Governance.