Social Sciences: Social Statistics & Demography

Gabriele B Durrant

MSc, PhD

Primary position:
Reader

Background

The University of Southampton

Gabriele B. Durrant is a Reader at the Southampton Statistical Sciences Research Institute (S3RI) at the University of Southampton (since March 2012) and Director of CASS (Courses in Applied Social Surveys). She joined the Institute as a lecturer in October 2005 and was made Senior Lecturer in March 2010 and Reader in March 2012. She previously worked as a senior research fellow at the ESRC National Centre for Research Methods (2004–2005) after completing her PhD in 2004. She has extensive research interests in the areas of paradata, interviewer effects, nonresponse in sample surveys, measurement error, and statistical modelling in the social sciences, in particular multilevel modelling. She holds an MSc Mathematics and Geography from the University of Bonn, Germany.

  • principal investigator of several large research projects, including two ESRC research grants, one on paradata (2011 - 2015) and one on nonresponse analysis (2007-2011)
  • guest editor of the special issue on paradata of the Journal of the Royal Statistical Society, Series A (Vol 176, 1, 2013)
  • associate editor of the Journal of the Royal Statistical Society, Series A (2008-2012)
  • member of the Social Statistics Section Committee of the Royal Statistical Society (2009-2013)
  • elected member of the International Statistical Research Institute
  • visiting research fellow of the Institute of Employment Research (IAB), Nuremberg, Germany (2011)
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Publications

The University of Southampton's electronic library (e-prints)

Article

Lyons-Amos, Mark, Padmadas, Sabu S. and Durrant, Gabriele B. (2014) Contraceptive confidence and timing of first birth in Moldova: an event history analysis of retrospective data. BMJ Open (In Press).
Vassallo, Rebecca, Durrant, Gabriele B., Smith, Peter W.F. and Goldstein, Harvey (2014) Interviewer effects on nonresponse propensity in longitudinal surveys: a multilevel modeling approach. Journal of the Royal Statistical Society Series A (Statistics in Society), 1-17. (doi:10.1111/rssa.12049).
Durrant, Gabriele B. and D'Arrigo, Julia (2014) Doorstep interactions and interviewer effects on the process leading to cooperation or refusal. Sociological Methods & Research (doi:10.1177/0049124114521148).
Durrant, Gabriele B., D'Arrigo, Julia and Steele, Fiona (2013) Analysing interviewer call record data by using a multilevel discrete-time event history modelling approach. Journal of the Royal Statistical Society Series A (Statistics in Society), 176, (1), 251-269.
Durrant, Gabriele B. and Kreuter, Frauke (2013) Editorial: The use of paradata in social survey research. [in special issue: Paradata] Journal of the Royal Statistical Society Series A (Statistics in Society), 176, (1), 1-3. (doi:10.1111/j.1467-985X.2012.01082.x).
Sinibaldi, Jennifer, Durrant, Gabriele B. and Kreuter, Frauke (2013) Evaluating the measurement error of interviewer observed paradata. [in special issue: Topics in Survey Measurement and Public Opinion] Public Opinion Quarterly, 77, (S1), 173-193.
Durrant, Gabriele B., D'Arrigo, Julia and Steele, Fiona (2011) Using field process data to predict best times of contact conditioning on household and interviewer influences. Journal of the Royal Statistical Society: Series A (Statistics in Society), 174, (4), 1029-1049. (doi:10.1111/j.1467-985X.2011.00715.x).
Steele, Fiona and Durrant, Gabriele B. (2011) Alternative approaches to multilevel modelling of survey non-contact and refusal. International Statistical Review, 79, (1), 70-91. (doi:10.1111/j.1751-5823.2011.00133.x).
Lyons-Amos, Mark J., Durrant, Gabriele B. and Padmadas, Sabu S. (2011) Is traditional contraceptive use in moldova associated with poverty and isolation? Journal of Biosocial Science, 43, (3), 305-327. (doi:10.1017/S0021932010000775). (PMID:21303582).
Durrant, Gabriele B., Groves, Robert M., Staetsky, Laura and Steele, Fiona (2010) Effects of interviewer attitudes and behaviors on refusal in household surveys. Public Opinion Quarterly, 74, (1), 1-36. (doi:10.1093/poq/nfp098).
Durrant, Gabriele B. (2009) Imputation methods for handling item-nonresponse in practice: methodological issues and recent debates. International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 12, (4), 293-304. (doi:10.1080/13645570802394003).
Durrant, Gabriele B. (2009) Imputation methods for handling item-nonresponse in practice: methodological issues and recent debates. International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 12, (4), 293-304. (doi:10.1080/13645570802394003 ).
Durrant, Gabriele B. and Steele, Fiona (2009) Multilevel modelling of refusal and noncontact in household surveys: evidence from six uk government surveys. Journal of the Royal Statistical Society Series A (Statistics in Society), 172, (2), 361-381. (doi:10.1111/j.1467-985X.2008.00565.x).
Wiles, Rose, Durrant, Gabriele B., De Broe, Sofie and Powell, Jackie (2009) Methodologcial approaches at PhD and skills sought for research posts in academia: a mismatch? International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 12, (3), 257-269. (doi:10.1080/13645570701708550 ).
D'Arrigo, Julia, Durrant, Gabriele B. and Steele, Fiona (2009) Using field process data to predict best times of contact conditioning on household and interviewer influences. (M09/12).
Durrant, Gabriele B. and Steele, Fiona (2009) Multilevel modelling of refusal and non-contact in household surveys: evidence from six UK Government surveys. Journal of the Royal Statistical Society: Series A (Statistics in Society), 172, (2), 361-381. (doi:10.1111/j.1467-985X.2008.00565.x).
Wiles, Rose, Durrant, Gabriele, De Broe, Sofie and Powell, Jackie (2009) Methodological approaches at PhD and skills sought for research posts in academia: a mismatch? International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 12, (3), 257-269. (doi:10.1080/13645570701708550).
Wiles, Rose, Durrant, Gabriele, De Broe, Sofie and Powell, Jackie (2007) Methodological approaches at PhD and skills sought for research posts in academica: a mismatch? International Journal of Social Research Methodology (doi:10.1080/13645570701708550).
Wiles, R., Durrant, G., De Broe, S. and Powell, J. (2007) Methodologcial approaches at PhD and skills sought for research posts in academia: a mismatch? International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 1-14. (doi:10.1080/13645570701708550).
Durrant, G.B. (2006) A semi-parametric multiple imputation data augmentation procedure. Proceedings of the Survey Research Methods Section, American Statistical Association (Submitted).
Durrant, G.B. and Skinner, C. (2006) Using missing data methods to correct for measurement error in a distribution function. Survey Methodology (Submitted).
Durrant, Gabriele B. and Skinner, Chris (2006) Using data augmentation to correct for nonignorable nonresponse when surrogate data are available: an application to the distribution of hourly pay. Journal of the Royal Statistical Society: Series A (Statistics in Society), 169, (3), 605-623. (doi:10.1111/j.1467-985X.2006.00398.x).
Durrant, G. B. (2006) Missing data methods in official statistics in the UK: some recent developments. Journal of the German Statistical Society

Book

Durrant, Gabriele B. and Kreuter, Frauke (eds.) (2013) Journal of the Royal Statistical Society Series A (Statistics in Society). Special Issue on Paradata, Chichester, GB, Wiley, 290pp.

Book Section

Durrant, Gabriele B., D'Arrigo, Julia and Mueller, Gerrit (2013) Modeling call record data: examples from cross-sectional and longitudinal surveys. In, Kreuter, Frauke (ed.) Improving Surveys with Paradata: Analytic Uses of Process Information. Chichester, GB, John Wiley, 287-316.

Conference or Workshop Item

Durrant, Gabriele B., Maslovskaya, Olga and Smith, Peter W.F. (2014) Analysing call record data in longitudinal surveys. In, 4th Panel Survey Methods Workshop, Ann Arbor, USA, 20 - 21 May 2014.
Blom, A. and Durrant, Gabriele B. (2014) Correlates of attrition in the German internet panel: drop-outs and sleepers. In, AAPOR2014: American Association for Public Opinion Research , Anaheim, USA, 15 - 18 May 2014.
Durrant, Gabriele B., Maslovskaya, Olga, Smith, Peter W.F. and D'Arrigo, Julia (2013) Using sequence analysis to better understand interviewer calling patterns: an example from the UK understanding society survey. In, European Survey Research Association Conference, Ljubljana, Slovenia, 15 - 19 Jul 2013.
Vassalo, R. , Smith, Peter W.F. and Durrant, Gabriele B. (2013) Assessing the relative importance of current and previous interviewers on wave nonresponse in longitudinal surveys. In, European Survey Research Association Conference, Ljubljana, Slovenia, 15 - 19 Jul 2013.
Durrant, Gabriele B., Maslovskaya, Olga and Smith, Peter W.F. (2013) Modelling final outcome and length of call to improve efficiency in call scheduling. International Workshop on Advances in Adaptive and Responsive Survey Design, CBS Netherlands, Netherlands, 09 - 10 Dec 2013.
Durrant, Gabriele B., Vassalo, R., Smith, Peter W.F. and Goldstein, H. (2013) Modelling change of interviewer: effects on nonresponse in cross-sectional and longitudinal surveys. International Workshop on Explaining Interviewer Effects in Interviewer-Mediated Surveys, Mannheim, Germany, 04 - 05 Apr 2013.
Durrant, Gabriele B. and Schnepf, Sylke V. (2013) Non-response modeling in a multi-stage survey of school children (PISA). International Workshop on Advances in Adaptive and Responsive Survey Design, CBS Netherlands, Netherlands, 09 - 10 Dec 2013.
Durrant, Gabriele B., Maslovskaya, Olga, Smith, Peter W.F. and D'Arrigo, Julia (2013) Using sequence analysis to better understand interviewer calling patterns: analysing the UK understanding society survey. In, International Workshop on Household Survey Nonresponse, London, UK, 04 - 06 Sep 2013.
Maslovskaya, Olga, Durrant, Gabriele B., Smith, Peter W.F. and D'Arrigo, Julia (2013) Investigating call record data using sequence analysis: some practical considerations. In, International Workshop on Household Survey Nonresponse, London, UK, 04 - 06 Sep 2013.
Vassalo, R., Durrant, Gabriele B. and Smith, Peter W.F. (2012) A simulation study of the effect of sample size and level of interpenetration on inference from cross-classified multilevel logistic regression models. In, ESRC/NCRM Research Methods Festival, Oxford, UK, 02 - 05 Jul 2012.
D'Arrigo, Julia, Smith, Peter W.F. and Durrant, Gabriele B. (2012) Analysing and modelling paradata. In, E5th SRC/NCRM Research Methods Festival, Oxford, UK, 02 - 05 Jul 2012.
Durrant, Gabriele B., Kreuter, F. and Mueller, G. (2012) Improving process efficiency in panel surveys with paradata. 5th ESRC/NCRM Research Methods Festival, Oxford, UK, 02 - 05 Jul 2012.
Sinibaldi, J., Durrant, Gabriele B. and Kreuter, F. (2012) Evaluating the measurement error of interviewer observed paradata. In, Q2012: European Conference on Quality in Official Statistics, Athens, Greece, 30 May - 01 Jun 2012.
Barbosa, Denize, Durrant, Gabriele B. and Skinner, Chris (2012) Evaluation of interviewer effects on nonresponse bias. In, Joint Statistical Meeting, Section on Survey Research Methods, San Diego, USA, 28 Jul - 02 Aug 2012.
Sinibaldi, J., Durrant, Gabriele B. and Kreuter, F. (2011) Evaluating the measurement error of interviewer observed paradata. In, S3RI Methodology seminar series, Southampton, UK,
Durrant, Gabriele B., Vassallo, R., Smith, Peter W.F. and Goldstein, H. (2011) Interviewer effects on wave nonresponse in longitudinal surveys. In, European Survey Research Association Conference, Lausanne , Switzerland, 18 - 22 Jul 2011.
Durrant, Gabriele B., D'Arrigo, Julia and Steele, F (2011) Using Call Record to Analyze the Process Leading to Cooperation or Refusal: Experience from Six Household Surveys. In, 8th International Workshop on Comparative Survey Design and Implementation , London, UK, 24 - 26 Mar 2011.
Durrant, Gabriele B. and D'Arrigo, Julia (2011) Interviewer effects on the process leading to cooperation or refusal using interviewer call record data. 58th Conference of the International Statistical Institute, Dublin, Ireland, 21 - 26 Aug 2011.
Durrant, Gabriele B. (2011) Modelling call record data using multilevel modelling: examples from cross-sectional and longitudinal surveys. International Workshop on Paradata, Nuernberg, Germany, 03 - 04 Nov 2011.
D'Arrigo, Julia, Durrant, Gabriele B. and Steele, F (2011) Analyzing interviewer call record data using a multilevel multinomial modeling approach to understand the process leading to cooperation or refusal. Joint Statistical Meeting, American Statistical Association, Florida, USA, 30 Jul - 04 Aug 2011.
Durrant, Gabrielle, Staetsky, L. and Steele, F. (2008) The effects of interviewer characteristics and attitudes on refusal in face-to-face surveys. In, 19th International Workshop on Household Survey Nonresponse, Ljubliana, Slovenia, 15 - 17 Sep 2008.
Durrant, Gabriele B. (2008) An investigation of interviewer effects on household nonresponse in six UK government surveys. In, 7th International Conference on Social Science Methodology (ISA-RC33), Naples, Italy, 01 - 05 Sep 2008.
Durrant, G.B., Staetsky, L. and Steele, F. (2008) An exploration of the role of interviewers on survey nonresponse using a multilevel modelling approach. In, 3rd ESRC Research Methods Festival, Oxford, UK, 30 Jun - 03 Jul 2008. 38pp.
Durrant, G.B. (2007) Using multilevel multinomial models to analyse household and interviewer effects in survey nonresponse. In, 18th International Workshop on Household Survey Nonresponse, Southampton, UK, 03 - 05 Sep 2007. , p.30.
Durrant, G.B. (2007) Linking census, interviewer observation data and interviewer information to surveys: an investigation of unit nonresponse in UK surveys. In, 56th Session of the International Statistical Institute, Lisboa, Portugal, 22 - 29 Aug 2007.

Monograph

D'Arrigo, Julia, Durrant, Gabriele B. and Steele, Fiona (2011) Analysing the process leading to cooperation or refusal using call record data: A multilevel multinomial modelling approach. Southampton, GB, Southampton Statistical Sciences Research Institute, University of Southampton, 32pp. (S3RI Methodology Working Papers, M11/03).
Lyons-Amos, Mark, Durrant, Gabriele and Padmadas, Sabu (2011) Contraceptive confidence and timing of first birth in Moldova. (Submitted)
Durrant, Gabriele, D'Arrigo, Julia and Steele, Fiona (2011) Analysing interviewer call record data to understand the process leading to cooperation or refusal. , not yet published (Submitted)
Durrant, Gabriele B. and Goldstein, Harvey (2010) Analysing the probability of attrition in a longitudinal survey. Southampton, GB, Southampton Statistical Sciences Research Institute, University of Southampton, 24pp. (S3RI Methodology Working Papers, M10/08).
Durrant, Gabriele B., Groves, Robert M., Staetsky, Laura and Steele, Fiona (2009) Effects of interviewer attitudes and behaviors on refusal in household surveys. Southampton, UK, Southampton Statistical Sciences Research Institute, 34pp. (S3RI Methodology Working Papers, (M09/05) ).
Lyons-Amos, Mark J., Durrant, Gabriele B. and Padmadas, Sabu S. (2009) The correlates of natural method use in Moldova: is natural method use associated with poverty and isolation? Southampton, UK, Southampton Statistical Sciences Research Institute, 32pp. (S3RI Applications & Policy Working Papers, (A09/01) ). (Submitted)
D’Arrigo, J., Durrant, G.B. and Steele, F. (2009) Using paradata to develop hierarchical response propensity models. , Economic and Social Research Council
Durrant, G.B., Goldstein, H. and Staetsky, L. (2009) Analysis of attrition in the family and children survey (FACS).
Steele, F. and Durrant, G. (2009) Alternative approaches to nonresponse modelling. , Economic and Social Research Council
Lyons-Amos, Mark J., Durrant, Gabriele B. and Padmadas, Sabu S. (2008) The correlates of natural method use in Moldova; are natural methods associated with poverty and isolation? USA, Studies in Family Planning (Reproductive Health Abstracts). (Submitted)
Durrant, Gabriele B. and Steele, Fiona (2007) Multilevel modelling of refusal and noncontact nonresponse in household surveys: evidence from six UK government surveys. Southampton, GB, University of Southampton, 35pp. (S3RI Methodology Working Papers, M07/11).
Durrant, Gabriele B. (2005) Imputation methods in the social sciences: a methodological review. , NCRM (NCRM Working Paper Series, (NCRM-002) ).
Durrant, Gabriele B. (2005) Correcting for measurement error using missing data methods: an example from the UK Labour Force Survey. Ottawa, Canada, Statistics Canada (Guide to the Labour Force Survey).
Beissel-Durrant, Gabriel (2004) A typology of research methods within the Social Sciences. Southampton, UK, University of Southampton, 22pp. (NCRM Working Paper).
Beissel-Durrant, Gabriele and Lang, Iain (2004) ESRC National Centre for Research Methods. Consultation Exercise Report. Southampton, UK, University of Southampton, 42pp. (ESRC Working Paper Series).
Beissel-Durrant, G. (2002) Variance estimation for estimates of a pay distribution based on imputed survey data. Southampton, GB, University of Southampton, 29pp. (Working Papers).
 

Research

Research Interests

• use and analysis of paradata (survey process data)
• interviewer effects in sample surveys
• missing data and nonresponse in sample surveys
• statistical modelling in the social sciences, in particular multilevel modelling
• measurement error in sample surveys

Research projects

  • 3.5-year ESRC Research Grant (404K; Principal Investigator, co-applicants: Prof P.W. Smith and Prof F. Kreuter.) Title: The Use of Paradata (Field Process Data) in Cross-Sectional and Longitudinal Surveys, RES-062-23-2997, Sept 2011 – Feb 2015.
  • 3.5-year ESRC Research Grant (568K; Principal Investigator, co-applicants: Prof C. Skinner, Prof J. Micklewright and Dr Fiona Steele), Title: Hierarchical Analysis of Unit Non-Response in Sample Surveys, RES-062-23-0458, Sept 2007 – Feb 2011.
  • 3-year ESRC Research Grant (353K; co-applicant with Prof J. Bynner (PI), Prof H. Goldstein, Prof P. Lynn, Prof C. Skinner, Prof I. Plewis and NatCen), Title: Solving the Problem of Attrition in Longitudinal Surveys’, RES-175-25-0011, Sept 2007 – Aug 2010.
  • 1-year research grant, funded by the Office for National Statistics, (45K; Principal Investigator), Title: Analysis of Nonresponse in Household Surveys using the UK Survey Nonresponse Census Link Study, Aug 2005-Aug 2006.
  • 3-year ESRC and ONS research project, Title: Estimation of Pay Distributions in the Presence of Missing Data and Measurement Error (2000-2003). The project was funded by the ESRC, grant number R422200034286, and the Office for National Statistics.
  • 1-year Small Research Grant, 2005-2006, University of Southampton

Primary research group:  Administrative Data Research Centre for England

Research projects

Hierarchical analysis of unit-nonresponse in multistage surveys

Representativity indicators for survey quality (RISQ)

Solving the problem of attrition in longitudinal surveys

The Use of Paradata in Cross–Sectional and Longitudinal Surveys

Responsibilities

Director of CASS
CASS is a programme of short courses in applied social surveys funded by the ESRC and part of the National Centre for Research Methods.

Research supervision
Gabriele currently supervises several PhD students working on topics related to nonresponse, multilevel modelling, interviewer effects, use of paradata in cross-sectional and longitudinal surveys.

Teaching Responsibilities

Gabriele is the programme coordinator of the CASS short course programme (Courses in Applied Social Surveys) which is part of the training programme of the ESRC National Centre for Research Methods. Gabriele has extensive experience of teaching courses in survey data analysis at postgraduate and professional level, including courses for CASS. Further topics have included short courses on nonresponse, multilevel modelling and use of paradata.  

Contact

Dr Gabriele B Durrant
Southampton Statistical Sciences Research Institute (S3RI)
Building 39
University of Southampton
Highfield Campus
Southampton SO17 1BJ

Room Number: 39/3017

Telephone: (023) 8059 5481
Email: G.Durrant@soton.ac.uk