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Dr Maria Sironi
UCL Institute of Education, University College London
55-59 Gordon Square
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  • Associate Professor
  • IOE - Social Research Institute
  • UCL Institute of Education

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 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)
  • Demography and the Life Course (2nd year Undergraduate)
  • Advanced Topics in Data Science (3rd year Undergraduate)
Maria is also supervising a student of the Master in Quantitative Research Methods and a PhD student in Social Science.

01-OCT-2018 Associate Professor in Quantitative Sociology Department of Social Science University College London, United Kingdom
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   ATQ03 - Recognised by the HEA as a Fellow University College London
2013   Doctor of Philosophy University of Pennsylvania
2010   Master of Arts University of Pennsylvania
2008   Master of Science Universita Bocconi
2006   Bachelor of Science Universita Bocconi
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