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Dr Alina Pelikh
Room 321
55-59 Gordon Square
London
WC1E 6BT
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Appointment
  • Lecturer (Teaching)
  • IOE - Social Science Research Unit
  • IOE - Social Research Institute
  • UCL Institute of Education
Biography

Alina is a Senior Research Fellow in Demography at the UCL Centre for Longitudinal Studies and was awarded an Understanding Society Fellowship (started in October 2022) to investigate the role of early adolescent experiences in explaining differences in school-to-work trajectories between siblings.


Prior to joining UCL in January 2020, Alina was a Senior Research Officer at the Institute for Social and Economic Research at the University of Essex. Alina was awarded with ESRC/NWDTC Social Statistics Pathway and Advanced Quantitative Methods Scholarship for PhD research and completed PhD at the University of Liverpool in 2019. During her postgraduate studies, Alina was a visiting researcher at the University of St Andrews and French Institute for Demographic Research (INED) in Paris. Alina holds MSc in Demography from the University of Rostock (Germany) and the European Doctoral School of Demography (EDSD) in Warsaw (Poland) as well as a BSc and MSc in Economics from Lomonosov Moscow State University (Russia). Alina has experience working in an international policy environment through completing an internship in the Social and Demographic Statistics Section of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) in Geneva.


Alina is a Committee member of UCL IOE Early Career Network (@IOE_EarlyCareer; 2021-) and used to sit on the Council of British Society for Population Studies (2016-18). Since January 2021, she has been organising a ‘Fertility and Reproductive Health’ strand at the British Society for Population Studies annual conferences. Alina is a member of the Repro@UCL a research group for social scientists with an interest in reproduction. Alina is also a member of the IOE Mental Health, Wellbeing and Education Network. Alina also organises CLS seminar series (2021-). 


Alina is a member of British Society for Population Studies (BSPS), European Association for Population Studies (EAPS) and Population Association of America (PAA). Alina serves as a reviewer for Demography, Population Studies, Demographic Research, Advances in Life Course Research, Human Fertility, Social Sciences, and Journal of Population Research. 


Alina is the co-host and founder of the official IOE podcast for early career academics, Academia et al. (2021).

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Research Summary

Alina is a quantitative social demographer with expertise of handling large datasets, including population registers and longitudinal survey data. Her research interests include a range of topics across social demography and reproductive epidemiology, including life course, families and fertility, transition to adulthood, mental health, social inequalities, and residential mobility. Alina is currently working on European Research Council Grant to study the effects of Medically Assisted Reproduction (MAR) on children and adults (MARTE). She investigates adverse maternal and birth outcomes (i.e., risk of low birth weight and prematurity) associated with MAR using Utah population register data (Utah Population Database). Alina also examines the effects of fertility treatments on partnership stability and maternal mental health in Finland using population register data.


Alina was awarded with ESRC and Advanced Quantitative Methods Scholarship for her PhD research which she completed at the University of Liverpool in 2019. In her PhD, Alina investigated how various life course trajectories (partnerships, education and employment, residential mobility) of young people in the UK have changed across cohorts born 1974-1990 using Understanding Society data. 


Alina is passionate about the impact of research on society and policy-making. Her previous role in the Policy Unit of Understanding Society (UKHLS) included undertaking academic and non-academic research to support the needs of policy-makers and third sector organisations. Some of her projects included investigating mothers’ and fathers’ employment trajectories and occupational outcomes in the UK (project in partnership with the Government Equalities Office); exploring the impact of childcare prices on women’s labour market outcomes (project with the Coram Family and Childcare Trust); and investigating the impact of housing circumstances on mental health and wellbeing (project with the Mind charity). 


Alina is keen on wider dissemination of her research findings. Her work was covered in multiple media outlets, including BBC Worklife, The Times, ITV News, The Medical News

Teaching Summary

Alina is a co-Module Leader for PopulationStudies (SOCS0040) (BSc 22-23), Alina was a seminar leader for Survey Design module (SOCS0054) (MSc 20-21 and21-22). Alina used to demonstrate for the courses (BSc) Basic Statistics and Population Projections during her PhD studies at the University of Liverpool.

Appointments
AUG-2022 Senior Research Fellow Social Research Institute IOE, UCL's Faculty of Education and Society, United Kingdom
JAN-2020 – AUG-2022 Research Fellow Social Research Institute IOE, UCL's Faculty of Education and Society - London, United Kingdom
JUN-2018 – JAN-2020 Senior Research Officer Institute for Social and Economic Research (ISER) University of Essex, United Kingdom
OCT-2016 – FEB-2017 Intern Statistical Division United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), Switzerland
AUG-2012 – AUG-2013 Research Assistant Laboratory of Economic and Social Demography Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research (MPIDR), Germany
Academic Background
    Research Certificate European Doctoral School of Demography (EDSD)
  MSc Master of Science in Economics Lomonosov Moscow State University
  PhD Doctor of Philosophy University of Liverpool
  MSc Master of Science in Demography Rostock University
  BSc Bachelor of Science in Economics Lomonosov Moscow State University
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