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Dr Agnese Vitali PhD

Lecturer in Social Statistics and Demography, ESRC Future Research Leader, Director of BSc Programme in Population and Geography

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Dr Agnese Vitali is Lecturer in Social Statistics and Demography within Social Sciences: Social Statistics & Demography, ESRC Future Research Leader, Director of BSc Programme in Population and Geography at the University of Southampton.

Agnese Vitali holds a PhD (2012) in Statistics from Bocconi University, a European Research Certificate of Demography (2008) from the European Doctoral School of Demography (Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research and Institut National d’Etudes Démographiques) and an MSc (2007) in Economics and Social Sciences from Bocconi University.

She is currently a lecturer in Social Statistics and Demography and the director of the BSc programme in Population and Geography. She is the principal investigator for a research project on female-breadwinner families in Europe, funded by the Economic and Social Research Council under the Future Research Leaders scheme.

Agnese collaborates with the ESRC Centre for Population Change at the University of Southampton and with the Dondena Gender Initiative at the Carlo F. Dondena Centre for Research on Social Dynamics and Public Policy. She is an expert on family and children at Population Europe.





Research interests

Agnese’s research interests include family and fertility, changing gender norms, transition to adulthood. Her current research activity covers the following areas:

- Female breadwinners in Europe
- Social media data – an opportunity for Demography?
- Space, context, and diffusion of "new" demographic behaviours

Agnese takes an interdisciplinary and comparative approach to research and she employs advanced quantitative methods, in particular multilevel modelling and spatial analysis techniques.

Research Projects
Female-Breadwinner Families in Europe

Research group(s)

ESRC Centre for Population Change

Affiliate research group(s)

Divison of Social Stastistics and Demography


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BSc courses
DEMO1003 Population and Society

DEMO2005 Population Processes in the Developed World (Module co-ordinator)

MSc courses
RESM6104: Quantitative Methods 1 (Module co-ordinator)

Past modules:

STAT2009: Research Methods in the Social Sciences; RESM6007: Quantitative Methods 2

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