• “Ramon y Cajal” Fellowship (2017-2021) award

I have recently been awarded a “Ramon y Cajal” Fellowship by the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness to develop a project entitled “Family Dynamics and Social Stratification” during the period 2017-2021.

The broad aim of the project is to examine research topics at the intersection between family dynamics and social inequality adopting a comparative and a life course approach, strengthening international research collaborations, and using innovative data sources and state-of-the-art quantitative methods to overcome issues on statistical inference endemic in research using observational, survey data.

In collaboration with Australian, German, Spanish, and Swedish academic centres and government departments, I plan to use large longitudinal register datasets and life-course methods to address research questions about the pathways of early family formation, and how these are closely linked to the transmission and accumulation of social disadvantage. This research will generate new knowledge on the reproduction of family life courses across generations, with particular focus to vulnerable family trajectories.

Among others, I also plan to use novel methods of Agent-Based Modelling to examine traditional explanations on the decline of family migrations over the last four decades in Western countries. Results of the simulations will confirm or reject existing evidence that rely on the analysis of observational data with little analytical power (i.e. small N). Outcomes of this research will improve our understanding of why family migrations are at odds with contemporary family life and what are the recent historical shifts explaining that.