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Mr Federico de Luca BSc, MSc, PhD

Visiting researcher

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Mr Federico de Luca is Postgraduate Research Student within Social Sciences: Social Statistics & Demography at the University of Southampton.

Dr Federico de Luca is a visiting researcher at Southampton Statistical Sciences Research Institute since 2014 and works as Data Manager at the OECD.

His main research interests are 1) developing indicators and indices which can policy makers making informed decisions when evaluating policies’ efficacy; and 2) exploring the impact of new technologies (e.g. social robots or social media) in everyday life.

His doctoral project consisted of building an index for assessing healthcare professionals’ knowledge and exploring its use to (re)define policies and distribute resources more effectively. It involved designing from scratch a set of cross-country surveys (mail, CAWI and mixed mode) covering more than 15,000 participants and which produced a database of nearly 7,000 micro data from the UK, Spain and Italy.

This PhD received several awards, such as: the ABTA Doctoral Researcher Award (Best PhD in the United Kingdom, category: Management and Social Sciences); the Santander Universities UK Internationalisation Fund Award; the University of Southampton Strategic Research Development Fund Award; the Collegi Oficial de Metges de Barcelona Research Award; and the Parkes Foundation Small Grant Award.

Federico's master thesis, 'Evaluation of healthcare workers' knowledge using Rasch analysis. The case of the Campaign 'Genitori Più'', derived from the work done by the National Campaign 'Genitori Più', a campaign funded by the Italian Ministry of Health. Federico was a member of the Evaluation Team led by the Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, and was responsible for the management of the campaign’s surveys and the data analysis.

Federico has also been involved in the Templeton project (a follow-up of 40 years carried out at the Booth School of Business of Chicago), and other research projects concerning: the social consequences of earthquakes (University of Padua); the CO2 emissions generated by British households (University of Southampton); and how to fully realise the energy potential of food waste (University of Southampton).

He is a member of the American Statistical Association, the International Statistical Institute, the Royal Statistical Society, la Società Italiana di Statistica, and the International Society for the Study and Prevention of Perinatal and Infant Death.

He published several articles in prestigious international peer-reviewed journals, such as Journal of the Royal Statistical Society: Series A (Statistics in Society) and Social Science Research.

Academic qualifications

BSc Statistics, Population and Society (2008)
MSc Statistics for the Demographic and Social Sciences (2010, with honours)
(University of Padova)

Research interests

Federico's research interests focus mainly on the ways to evaluate professionals' knowledge and on how this might impact policymakers' decisions. In particular, he is interested in healthcare workers' knowledge about sudden infant death syndrome.

PhD research topic
The SIDS Project
A cross-country project aimed at: 1) assessing healthcare professionals’ knowledge on Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) by using a synthetic index; and 2) enabling policy makers to use this measure in order to (re)define their policies and to distribute resources more effectively.

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Federico has been a teaching assistant for the following undergraduate courses: Introduction to Quantitative Methods, Research Methods in the Social Sciences, and Statistical Methods in Insurance; and for the following postgraduate courses: Multivariate Analysis and Analysis of Hierarchical (Multilevel and Longitudinal) Data.

Mr Federico de Luca
Southampton Statistical Sciences Research Institute University of Southampton Highfield Southampton SO17 1BJ UK

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