Meral Kaufmann holds a Bachelor of Arts in Law and Sociology from the University of Basel. During her studies at the Hertie School she specialised in social policy, political economy and public management and spent a guest semester at Duke University where she focused on feminist economic theories, qualitative methods and comparative constitutional law of socio-economic rights. Meral served the German Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs as a policy analyst for gender equality and the future of work. She also held the role of Engagement Manager at Swiss think tank foraus as well as managing a bottom-up soup kitchen in Basel. Alongside her studies, Meral worked for a research project of the Hertie School and the University of California, Berkeley on the governance of work in the knowledge economy.
Master's thesis title
The long birth of a policy: Parental leave in Switzerland