Agnese Vitali

Via Verdi, 26 - 38122 Trento
tel. 0461 281394
agnese.vitali[at]unitn [dot] it
Education
  • 2012 -- Ph.D. in Statistics, Bocconi University. Supervisor: Prof. F.C. Billari. Thesis: Multilevel and Spatial Approaches for the Study of Demographic Behaviours
  • 2008 -- European Doctoral School of Demography, Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research (Rostock) and Institut National d’Etudes Démographiques (Paris)
  • 2007 -- MSc degree in Economics and Social Sciences, Bocconi University. Supervisor: Prof. F.C. Billari
  • 2004 -- BSc degree in Economics and Social Sciences, Bocconi University

SUMMER SCHOOLS AND OTHER TRAINING

  • 2016 -- Springboard: Women's Development Programme, University of Southampton
  • 2011 -- Summer Seminar on Population “Designing Fertility Analyses in the Context of Low Fertility”, East-West Center (Honolulu, HI USA)
  • 2010 -- Summer School “Spatial Econometrics Advanced Institute”, Università degli Studi di Roma “La Sapienza”
Academic career and teaching activities

ACADEMIC POSTS

Since 2019 -- Associate Professor of Demography, Department of Sociology and Social Research, University of Trento
2018-2019  -- Associate Professor of Social Statistics and Demography, Department of Social Statistics and Demography,  University of Southampton
2013–2018 -- Lecturer (tenured Assistant Professor) in Social Statistics and Demography, Department of Social Statistics and Demography, University of Southampton
2011–2013 -- Research Fellow at “Carlo F. Dondena” Centre for Research on Social Dynamics and Public Policy, Bocconi University
2009–2011 -- Research Associate at “Carlo F. Dondena” Centre for Research on Social Dynamics and Public Policy, Bocconi University

 

OTHER POSTS AND SERVICES

2016-2018 -- Director, BSc Population and Geography, University of Southampton
2017-2018 -- Director, BSc Quantitative Social Science, University of Southampton
2015-2018 -- Board Member, European Doctoral School of Demography, University of Southampton
2018          -- Board Member, Advisory Board of the Web Science Institute, University of Southampton
2016-2018 -- Student employability coordinator, Department of Social Statistics and Demography, University of Southampton
2016-2018 -- Member, Athena SWAN Self-Assessment Team for equality and diversity, Social Sciences Academic Unit, University of Southampton


RESEARCH VISITS

2017 (August)       --  Family and Population Studies, University of Leuven, Leuven
2016 (December)  --  Vienna Institute of Demography, Austrian Academy of Sciences, Vienna
2016 (July)            --   Department of Political and Social Sciences, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona
2012 (September) --  Department of Sociology, University of Oxford, Oxford


TEACHING

2013-2018 -- Quantitative Methods I, MSc Demography and MSc Social Statistics–Research Methods pathways, University of Southampton
2013-2018 -- Population Processes in the Developed World, BSc Population and Geography, University of Southampton
2013-2018 -- Popolation and Society, BSc, various Social Sciences degrees, University of Southampton
2018          -- Skills for Population and Geography, BSc Population and Geography, University of Southampton
2013-2014 -- Research Methods for the Social Sciences, BSc, various Social Sciences degrees, University of Southampton
2013          -- Quantitative Methods II; MSc Demography, MSc Social Statistics–Research Methods pathway University of Southampton
2016          -- Introduction to Quantitative Methods, BSc, various Social Sciences degrees, University of Southampton; Tutor
2012          -- International Demography – Bocconi University; Teaching Assistant
2011-2012 -- Applications for Economics, Management and Finance – Bocconi University; Teaching Assistant
2012          -- Sociology – Bocconi University; Teaching Assistant
2012          -- Sociological Analysis– Bocconi University; Teaching Assistant
2010          -- Population Dynamics and Economics, Bocconi University; Teaching Assistant
2009-2010 -- “Analisi dei dati” [Data Analysis], Bocconi University; Teaching Assistant
2010          -- “Statistica per le ricerche di mercato” [Statistics for Market Research], Libera Università di Lingue e Comunicazione IULM; Guest Lecturer

Research interests

Agnese is a social demographer. She is interested in researching topics related to family and fertility, changing gender norms, transition to adulthood. Her current research activity covers the following areas:

  • Women as Main Earners & Female Breadwinners
  • Social media data: an opportunity for Social 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 work

PARTICIPATION IN AND RESPONSIBILITY FOR RESEARCH PROJECTS

  • PI: Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) UK Future Research Leaders grant “Female-breadwinner Families in Europe”. Grant N. ES/N00082X/1, 2016–2019
  • CO-PI, with Arpino, B.: H2020 ESS-ERIC Academic Publishing Worksop “Going beyond the country: Exploring sub-national effects on socio-demographic phenomena with European Social Survey data”, 2017–2018
  • CO-PI, with Zhang L.-C., Holland J.A. and Carr, L.: Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (DSTL) Defence and Security 1+3 PhD Call on Statistical Sampling of the Web, UK Ministry of Defence “A sequential sampling and estimation framework for social media data”, 2015–2019
  • CO-PI, with Holland J.A.: University of Southampton Strategic Interdisciplinary Research and Development Fund, School of Social Sciences “Using Twitter Data for Population Estimates”, 2015–2016
  • CO-PI, with Smith, P. and Holland J.A.: Consultancy for Office for National Statistics (ONS) pilot project “Analysis of Twitter Data”, 2014–2015
  • PI: University of Southampton Strategic Research and Development Fund, School of Social Sciences “The emergence of women as main earners in Europe”, 2014
  • Research Fellow for the project “Consequences of Demographic Change”, funded by the European Research Council (7th Research Framework Programme, FP7/2007-2013, ERC Grant N. 201194), PI: Prof. A. Aassve, 2011-2013
  • Research Assistant for the project “A new childbearing and childrearing regime?”, funded by the Italian Ministry of Education, University and Scientific Research (PRIN 2009 Grant N. 2009M2BRPB 001), PI: Prof. F.C. Billari, 2011-2013