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Southampton Statistical Sciences Research Institute

Mr Federico de Luca BSc, MSc, PhD

Visiting researcher

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Dr Federico de Luca is a Visiting Researcher at Southampton Statistical Sciences Research Institute since 2014 and is a Research Grant Holder at the Department of Economics of the Ca’ Foscari University of Venice since 2023.

Federico has been an Independent Consultant for international organisations (FAO, OECD, UNDP and UNICEF), private companies (EdTech, research institutes) and foundations since 2021. Prior to this, he has been an Official at the OECD for seven years and a Senior Research Assistant for the Universities of Chicago, Venice, Padua and Southampton.

He is a Chartered Statistician of the Royal Statistical Society and a member of the Società Italiana di Statistica.

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.


Research interests

Federico's research interests focus mainly on survey design; monitoring, evaluation and learning frameworks (MEL); diversity, equity and inclusion frameworks (DEI); item response theory; latent factor models; education; healthcare.

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.

Dr Andrew Hinde


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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