DPhil in Social Policy
Research Interests: Subjective measures of quality of life and its potential uses for social policy.
Caspar’s primary research interest lies in the determinants of subjective wellbeing, particularly life satisfaction.
Within that area, he analyses how income, material deprivation, and social class dynamically affect self-reported life satisfaction. Special attention is placed on differences across demographic groups and the income distribution.
Additionally he is interested in the philosophical foundations of well-being research, the validity of life satisfaction measures, and the impact of the welfare state on happiness. Most of Caspar's research makes heavy use of quantitative methods and is often comparative, with particular foci on Germany, the UK, and the European Union at large.
Prior to commencing his DPhil in Social Policy in 2016, Caspar completed the MSc in Comparative Social Policy at Oxford and obtained a B.A in Liberal Arts and Sciences from University College Maastricht. His research is funded by the Barnett-Nuffield Scholarship.
Some of Caspar's academic outputs can be found on the Open Science Framework. See: https://osf.io/vcj4e/