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Dr Maria Sironi
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UCL Institute of Education, University College London
55-59 Gordon Square
London
WC1H 0NU
Appointment
  • Lecturer
  • IOE - Social Science
  • UCL Institute of Education
Biography

Maria is a social demographer who is interested in the transition to adulthood, including determinants and consequences of different life course trajectories. Her past work looked at the transition to economic independence of young adults in the United States and in Europe. She has also investigated how parental social class influence the transition to adulthood in different contexts. She has worked on a range of other topics which include the relationship between fertility and subjective well-being, the changing meaning of cohabitation over time in different countries, and gender inequality. 

She is the PI on a British Academy Postdoctoral Research Grant, that looks at how different fertility and partnership trajectories influence both mental and physical health of older people in the United Kingdom, United States, and several other European countries.

Before joining UCL in June 2015, Maria was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Department of Sociology at Oxford University and Nuffield College. She completed he PhD in Demography in 2013 at University of Pennsylvania.

Research Groups
Research Summary
Maria's main research interests focus on life course analysis and the transition to adulthood. In particular she investigated trends in the transition to economic independence of young adults in the United States and Europe, and her current research project looks at implications of different fertility trajectories on mental and physical health outcomes at older ages.
  • Life course and transition to adulthood
  • Family
  • Fertility
  • Aging and Health
  • Subjective well-being

Teaching Summary

Maria is part of the Q-step faculty (https://www.ucl.ac.uk/q-step), and she teaches:

  • Principles of Social Science Research (1st year Undergraduate)
  • Inequalities across the life course (2nd year Undergraduate)
Maria is also supervising a student of the Master in Quantitative Research Methods.

Appointments
15-JUN-2015 Lecturer in Quantitative Sociology Department of Social Science University College London, United Kingdom
01-SEP-2013 – 14-JUN-2015 Postdoctoral Research Fellow Department of Sociology University of Oxford, United Kingdom
Academic Background
2017 FHEA ATQ03 - Recognised by the HEA as a Fellow – Teaching and Learning in Higher Education University College London
2013 PhD Doctor of Philosophy – Demography University of Pennsylvania
2010 MA Master of Arts – Demography University of Pennsylvania
2008 MSc Master of Science – Economics and Social Science Universita Bocconi
2006 BSc Bachelor of Science – Economics Universita Bocconi
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