Dr Francesca Fiori

Senior Research Fellow


Francesca is a Social Demographer.

Her work and approach have been shaped by formal training in Demography and Social Statistics - she holds a Master Degree in Statistics, Demography and Social Sciences and a PhD in Demography, both from Sapienza-University of Rome. 

She joined MHSE in April 2018 as a Senior Research  Fellow within the ESRC Project 'Understanding Inequalities'  to explore the role of early childhood experiences in shaping subsequent social inequalities.

She has a decade of research experience in interdisciplinary contexts, both within academia and in the official statistics sector.

Before coming to Edinburgh, she worked as a Research Fellow of the ESRC Centre for Population Change in the  School of Geography and Sustainable Development of the University of St Andrews , and as a researcher of the Italian National Institute of Statistics.

Her research uses longitudinal and multilevel secondary data, sophisticated quantitative methodologies, and a life course perspective to understand population and social change in Western Europe.

She has a strong interest in family and fertility behaviours, and particularly in the drivers and implications of childbearing, both for the families involved and at the wider societal level.

Research summary

  • Social inequalities over the life course
  • Fertility and family behaviours in Western Europe
  • Gender and demography
  • Employment and well-being

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