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Dr Giorgio Di Gessa
1-19 Torrington Place
Tel: 0207 679 8265
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  • Lecturer in Data Science
  • Epidemiology & Public Health
  • Institute of Epidemiology & Health
  • Faculty of Pop Health Sciences

I hold a BSc in Social Statistics and Demography (First) from the University of Rome and I successfully completed a Masters (by Research) in Statistics from the University of Glasgow. In 2012 I also successfully completed my PhD in Demography in the Faculty of Epidemiology and Population Health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Supervised by Professor Emily Grundy, my doctoral research investigated the idea of ‘Active Ageing’ promoted by the WHO as a strategy for health and well-being among older people in Europe.
In 2011, I joined the Institute of Gerontology at King's College as a post-doctoral researcher to work with Professor Karen Glaser and Dr Debora Price on a Calouste Gulbenkian funded project investigating variations in the way older people care for grandchildren and how policies are related to patterns of grandparenting. This was followed by an ESRC-funded research project –within the Secondary Data Analysis Initiative –exploring the health impact of caring for grandchildren in Europe. I then worked on the Wellbeing, Health, Retirement and the Lifecourse project (wherl.ac.uk). My research focused on the complex relationships over time between paid work up to and beyond State pension age, and mental and physical health, taking life-course factors (i.e. family, paid work and health histories) and data missingness into account.

Research Themes
Research Summary

I have a long-standing interest in applying advanced quantitative methods to demographic issues and life-course research, with a particular interest in the demographic and social determinants of health and wellbeing in later life in Europe as reflected in my previous and ongoing programme of research. Much of this work involves cross-national comparisons of the complex relationships between ageing and health across the life course using longitudinal secondary data (mostly ELSA and SHARE).

Teaching Summary
I have long-lasting experience with teaching on research methods modules, statistics, and demography of ageing.

Consistent with my commitment to developing my teaching practice, I completed a Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice in Higher Education in 2014 and I am a recognised Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
JAN-2018 – MAR-2019 Lecturer in Global Health (Global Ageing) Global Health and Social Medicine King’s College London, United Kingdom
AUG-2016 – DEC-2017 Fellow in Population Health/Ageing Social Policy London School of Economics and Political Science, United Kingdom
MAY-2013 – JUL-2016 Research Associate Social Science, Health, and Medicine King’s College London, United Kingdom
OCT-2012 – APR-2013 Teaching Fellow in Quantitative Methods Social Science, Health, and Medicine King’s College London, United Kingdom
OCT-2011 – SEP-2012 Research Associate Institute of Gerontology King’s College London, United Kingdom
Academic Background
2013   Postgraduate Diploma London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
2012   Doctor of Philosophy London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
2007   Master of Science (by research) University of Glasgow
2006   Bachelor of Science Universita degli Studi di Roma La Sapienza
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