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Dr Olga Maslovskaya BA, MA, MSc, PhD

Senior Research Fellow

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Dr Olga Maslovskaya is a Senior Research Fellow within Economic, Social and Political Sciences at the University of Southampton.

I am a Senior Research Fellow within the National Centre for Research Methods (NCRM) at the University of Southampton. I am working on the project “Data Collection for Data Quality” (work package 1). The main objectives of the project are to assess existing and to develop new methods for assessment of quality of data collection in sample surveys, including face-to-face, telephone, web surveys, and surveys with mixed modes of data collection.

I am also the Principal Investigator of an 18-month ESRC funded research project entitled “Understanding survey response behaviour in a digital age: Mixed-device online surveys and mobile device use”. The main aims of this project are to study participants’ online survey choices and behaviour as a social phenomenon and to examine the data quality issues associated with this behaviour in mixed-device online surveys. This project explores differences in a range of devices used by respondents in online surveys (desktop (PC), laptop, tablet and mobile phone (smartphone)) with a special focus on mobile devices.

Prior to this I was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow working on the ESRC-funded project “The Use of Paradata (Field Process Data) in Cross-Sectional and Longitudinal Surveys”. The project’s key objective was to explore the uses of paradata for cross-sectional and longitudinal surveys with the aim of gaining knowledge that leads to improvement in field process management and responsive survey designs.

Prior to this I was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow working on the EPSRC-funded Care Life Cycle project, which incorporates members from Social Sciences, Management, and Electronics and Computer Science. The project utilised complexity science methods to investigate demand and supply of health and social care in the UK in the context of an ageing population. I was conducting the statistical investigation of triggers for transitions into residential care and sheltered accommodation.

I hold an MA in European Policy and Politics from the Department of Government, University of Manchester (2002) and an MSc in Social Statistics - Research Methods (with distinction) from the Division of Social Statistics, University of Southampton (2007). I also hold a PhD from the Division of Social Statistics, University of Southampton (2011). The title of my PhD thesis is Measuring HIV Awareness and Knowledge: Analyses of Cross-sectional Surveys with a Focus on China.

Research interests

My primary research interests are in the field of survey methodology, social statistics, quantitative research methods, and demography. The specific areas include: online (web) surveys, data quality, nonresponse, use and analysis of paradata (survey process data), interviewer effects in sample surveys, statistical modelling in social science as well as ageing in the UK and HIV/AIDS and reproductive health in developing world with a particular focus on China.


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I have been involved in the teaching of a wide range of statistical courses at both undergraduate and postgraduate level, as well as short courses for professional development in the UK and abroad.

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