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Dr Alessandra Gaia

Research Fellow

School of Arts and Social Sciences, Department of Sociology

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City, University of London
Northampton Square
London
EC1V 0HB
United Kingdom

About

Overview

Dr Alessandra Gaia joined City, University of London in November 2017 as a Research Fellow. She is involved in a wide range of activities, including conducting methodological research on the European Social Survey and lecturing the Master of Science module “Survey Research Methods”.

Previously, she was a Research Officer at the Institute for Social and Economic Research (ISER) of the University of Essex, where she collaborated with the Understanding Society team, on various research projects, including the measurement of household finances, the use of new technologies for data collection, methods to maximise consent to data linkage, and the methodological aspects of collecting biomarkers and health data.

In 2015, she worked at the UCL Institute of Education as a Research Associate and survey manager of Next Steps (previously known as the Longitudinal Studies of Young People in England).

She has a BSc and MSc in Economics and Social Sciences from Bocconi University and a PhD in Applied Sociology and Methodology of Social Research from University of Milan-Bicocca.

Qualifications

  1. Ph.D. in Applied Sociology and Methodology of Social Research, University of Milano-Bicocca, Italy, Dec 2015
  2. MSc (Hons) Economics and Social Sciences, Bocconi University, Italy, Dec 2009
  3. BSc Economics and Social Sciences, Bocconi University, Italy, Oct 2006

Employment

  1. Research Fellow, City, University of London, 2017 – present, City, University London, Nov 2017 – present
  2. Research Officer, University of Essex, May 2016 – Sep 2017
  3. Researcher Associate, University College London, Nov 2015 – May 2016

Memberships of committees

  1. Member, European Survey Research Association
  2. Member, Social Research Association
  3. Member, European Sociological Association

Languages

English (can read, write, speak, understand spoken and peer review), Italian (can read, write, speak, understand spoken and peer review) and Spanish; Castilian (can read, write, speak and understand spoken).

Publications

Book

  1. Gaia, A. (2011). Prevention of Child Abandonment. Saarbrücken, Germany: LAP Lambert Academic Publishing. ISBN 978-3-8454-7258-4.

Chapters (4)

  1. Gaia, A. (2017). A Comparison of Self-reported Sexual Identity using Direct and Indirect Questioning. In Gaia, A. (Ed.), Understanding Society Innovation Panel Wave 9: Results from Methodological Experiments (pp. 27–32). Colchester: Institute for Social and Economic Research.
  2. Fisher, P., Gaia, A., Brewer, M., Burton, J., Crossley, T., Jӓckle, A. … Winter, J. (2017). Improving Household Survey Measures of Income. Understanding Society Innovation Panel Wave 9: Results from Methodological Experiments (pp. 17–21). Colchester: Institute for Social and Economic Research.
  3. Brewer, M., Burton, J., Crossley, T., Fisher, P., Gaia, A., Jӓckle, A. … Winter, J. (2017). Reconciling Household Income and Spending. In Gaia, A. (Ed.), Understanding Society Innovation Panel Wave 9: Results from Methodological Experiments (pp. 11–16). Colchester: Institute for Social and Economic Research.
  4. Gaia, A. and Uhrig, N. (2016). A comparison of self-reported sexual identity using direct and indirect questioning. In Al Baghal, T. (Ed.), Understanding Society Innovation Panel Wave 8: Results from Methodological Experiments (pp. 20–27). Colchester: Institute for Social and Economic Research.

Conference papers and proceedings (14)

  1. Gaia, A. (2017). A Comparison of Self-reported Sexual Identity Using Direct and Indirect Questioning. 7th European Survey Research Association (ESRA) Conference 18-21 July, Lisbon, Portugal.
  2. Wenz, A., Al Baghal, T. and Gaia, A. (2017). Language Proficiency among Respondents and Implications for Data Quality in a Face-to-face Longitudinal Survey. 7th European Survey Research Association (ESRA) Conference 17-21 July, Lisbon.
  3. Fisher, P., Crossley, T. and Gaia, A. (2017). Measuring Income in Household Surveys: Evidence from a Collection of Experiments. 7th European Survey Research Association (ESRA) Conference 17-21 July, Lisbon.
  4. Gaia, A. (2017). A Comparison of Self-reported Sexual Identity Using Direct and Indirect Questioning. Understanding Society Scientific Conference 11-13 July, Colchester, UK.
  5. Gaia, A. (2015). Does the Switch to a Mixed-mode Design Increase Panel Attrition? Understanding Society Scientific Conference 24 Jun 2017 – 26 Jun 2017, Colchester, UK.
  6. Gaia, A. (2017). Evaluating the Effect of a Switch to a Mixed-Mode Design on Panel Attrition. Evidence from the UKHLS Innovation Panel. 5th Panel Survey Methods Workshop – Berlin 20-21 June.
  7. Gaia, A. (2016). The Influence on Substantive Results of the Sampling Strategies Adopted in Qualitative and Quantitative Paradigms: Evidence on Men who Pay for Sex. 9th International Conference on Social Science Methodology, The International Sociological Associaton (ISA) Research Committee RC33 on “Logic and Methodology” 11-16 December, Leicester, UK.
  8. Gaia, A. (2016). Does the Switch to a Mixed-mode Design Increase Panel Attrition? CLOSER Workshop: Mixing modes and measurement methods in longitudinal studies 3 November, London.
  9. Gaia, A. (2016). A Comparison of Self-reported Sexual Identity Using Direct and Indirect Questioning. Midterm conference of the Research Network 21 (Quantitative methods) of the European Sociological Association (ESA) on Data quality in quantitative research 13-15 October, Nikosia, Cyprus.
  10. Gaia, A. (2015). Estimating the Correlation between Sensible Behaviours Dealing with Item Missing Data. 12th Conference of the European Sociological Association (ESA) 25-28 August, Prague.
  11. Gaia, A. (2015). Does the Switch to a Mixed-Mode Design Increase Panel Attrition? Evidence from the UKHLS Innovation Panel. 6th European Survey Research Association (ESRA) Conference 14-17 July, Reykjavik, Island.
  12. Gaia, A. (2015). Estimating the Correlation Between Sensible Behaviours Dealing with Item Missing Data. 6th European Survey Research Association (ESRA) Conference 13-17 July, Reykjavik, Island.
  13. Gaia, A. (2014). The effect of a Sequential Mixed-Mode Design on Panel Attrition: Evidence from an Experiment of the Understanding Society Innovation Panel. Internet Survey Methodology Workshop 1-4 December, Bolzen, Italy.
  14. Gaia, A. (2012). Escort’s Websites: A Source of Data for Prostitution Studies? Workshop on Advanced Research Methods 14 September, Urbino, Italy.

Journal article

  1. Thornby, M., Calderwood, L., Kotecha, M., Beninger, K. and Gaia, A. (2017). Collecting Multiple Data Linkage Consents in a Mixed Mode Survey: Evidence and Lessons Learnt from Next Steps. .

Reports (2)

  1. Jäckle, A., Gaia, A. and Benzeval, M. (2018). The use of new technologies to measure socio-economic and environmental concepts in longitudinal studies. London: UCL Institute of Education.
  2. Jäckle, A., Gaia, A. and Benzeval, M. (2017). Mixing Modes and Measurement Methods in Longitudinal Studies. London: UCL Institute of Education.

Working papers (2)

  1. Jäckle, A., Gaia, A., Al Baghal, T., Burton, J. and Lynn, P. (2017). Understanding Society The UK Household Longitudinal Study Innovation Panel, Waves 1-9, User Manual. Colchester: Institute for Social and Economic Research.
  2. Gaia, A. (2017). The Effect of Respondent Incentives on Panel Attrition in a Sequential Mixed-mode Design. Colchester: Institute for Social and Economic Research.