Vanessa Gash is Deputy Head of Department of Sociology, at City University London. Her current work focuses on the gender pay gap, as well as household earning and caring strategies and their impact on economic outcomes and well-being. She has also specialised in comparative labour market research, which looks at job quality indicators of atypical contract workers in Europe. She has a PhD from Oxford University, and has held appointments at the University of Manchester, in both the Departments of Sociology and Social Statistics, and at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development, in Berlin. She began her career as a quantitative labour market researcher at the ESRI, as a research assistant.