GAIA ALESSANDRA

Role
Research fellow  
Academic disciplines
Sociologia generale (SPS/07)

Biography

Alessandra Gaia (Ph.D.) is Research Fellow at the University of Milan-Bicocca. Previously she was Research Fellow at the European Social Survey Headquarters (City, University of London), Survey Manager at the UCL Centre for Longitudinal Studies and Research Officer at the Institute for Social and Economic Research of the University of Essex. She is principal investigator of the project Ageing in a DIGITAL world. A study on multiple dimensions of inequality, in old AGE (DIGITAL-AGE), general secretary of the European Survey Research Association and advisory editor for the journal Quality and Quantity: International Journal of Methodology

She teaches Quantitative methods for surveying hard-to-reach populations at the Essex Summer School in Social Science and Data Analysis.

She obtained the Italian national scientific accreditation (Abilitazione Scientifica Nazionale, ASN) for associate professor for the sector  general sociology (14/C1) – valid from 01/02/2022 to 01/02/2031.

Her research interests are in the area of survey methodology and in the field of ageing.

Publications

  • Gaia, A., Garavaglia, E., Caliandro, A. (2022). Il valore dei dati digitali: uno studio sui lavoratori anziani in Italia. SALUTE E SOCIETÀ(3), 26-44 [10.3280/SES2022-003003]. Detail

  • Gaia, A. (2021). Social Desirability Bias and Sensitive Questions in Surveys. In P. Atkinson, S. Delamont, A. Cernat, J.W. Sakshaug, R.A. Williams (a cura di), SAGE Research Methods Foundations - Vol. 9 (pp. 4539-4545). London : Sage [10.4135/9781526421036928979]. Detail

  • Jäckle, A., Couper, M., Gaia, A., Lessof, C. (2021). Improving survey measurement of household finances: A review of new technologies and data sources. In P. Lynn (a cura di), Advances in Longitudinal Survey Methodology (pp. 337-367). John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.. Detail

  • Sala, E., Gaia, A., Respi, C. (2021). Coverage Rate and Coverage Bias in Web Surveys in Europe. In 15th ESA Conference, 31 August - 3 September 2021, Barcelona, Spain - Sociological Knowledges for Alternative Futures (pp.770-771). Barcellona : European Sociological Association. Detail

  • Gaia, A. (2021). COVID-19 virus diffusion in Italy: data quality and methodological challenges. RASSEGNA ITALIANA DI SOCIOLOGIA, 62(1), 11-37 [10.1423/100620]. Detail

Awards

Awards

  • Premio Giovani Talenti dell’Università degli Studi di Milano Bicocca, Università degli Studi di Milano Bicocca con il Patrocinio dell’Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei, 2019

Scientific fellowships

  • Fellow - Institute for Social and Economic Research (ISER), University of Essex, 2018

Editorial boards

  • Altro tipo di attività editoriale - QUALITY AND QUANTITY, 2021

Research and teaching assignments

  • Attivita' didattica - University of Milan-Bicocca, Department of Sociology, Tutor (teaching assistant) for the course: “Capitale Sociale e Sistemi Socio-Economici Locali”, Laurea Magistrale in “Analisi dei processi sociali”. - Università degli Studi di MILANO-BICOCCA, 2021
  • Attivita' didattica - Università degli studi di Milano Bicocca, Dipartimento di Sociologia, “Cultore della materia” per i corsi “Metodologia della ricerca sociale” (Corso di laurea triennale in Servizio Sociale). - Università degli Studi di MILANO-BICOCCA, 2019 - 2021
  • Attivita' didattica - Università degli studi di Milano Bicocca, Dipartimento di Sociologia, “Cultore della materia” per i corsi “Metodologia della ricerca sociale” (Corso di laurea triennale in Servizio Sociale). - Università degli Studi di MILANO-BICOCCA, 2012 - 2013
  • Ricercatore all estero - Research Associate (Survey Manager), Centre for Longitudinal Studies, UCL Institute of Education - University College London, 2015 - 2016
  • Ricercatore all estero - Research Officer - Institute for Social and Economic Research (ISER), 2016 - 2017
  • Attivita' didattica - European Survey Research Association, lecturer for the course: “The Item Count Technique” (3 hours) - , 2021
  • Professore a contratto - University of Milano-Bicocca, Department of Sociology, Course lecturer (Docente a contratto) for the course: “Laboratorio: Capitale Sociale e Sistemi Socio-Economici Locali”, Laurea Magistrale in “Analisi dei processi sociali”. (16 hours) - Università degli Studi di MILANO-BICOCCA, 2020 - 2021
  • Attivita' didattica - University of Milan-Bicocca, Department of Sociology, invited lecturer for the class: “Methods and techniques: Surveying the homeless population” within the course Methodology in Urban Studies, PhD programme in Urban Studies (36th cycle) (2 hours) - Università degli Studi di MILANO-BICOCCA, 2021
  • Attivita' didattica - University of Milan-Bicocca, Department of Sociology, Tutor (teaching assistant) for the course: “Capitale Sociale e Sistemi Socio-Economici Locali”, Laurea Magistrale in “Analisi dei processi sociali”. - Università degli Studi di MILANO-BICOCCA, 2022
  • Attivita' didattica - Essex Summer School in Social Science and Data Analysis, lecturer for the course: “Quantitative methods for surveying hard-to-reach populations” (17.5 hours) - University of Essex, 2022
  • Visiting Researcher - Institute for Social and Economic Research (ISER), 2013 - 2015
  • Visiting Researcher - Institut National d'Etudes Démographiques - INED, 2019
  • Attivita' didattica - Northern Bridge Consortium (AHRC), Durham University, lecturer for the course “Introduction to Survey Methodology”, addressed to PhD students (6 hours). - Durham University, 2022
  • Attivita' didattica - Essex Summer School in Social Science and Data Analysis, lecturer for the course: “Quantitative methods for surveying hard-to-reach populations” (17.5 hours) - University of Essex, 2021
  • Ricercatore all estero - Research Fellow, European Social Survey Headquarters, Department of Sociology, City, University of London. - City University London, 2017 - 2018
  • Titolare di contratto di ricerca - Assegnista di ricerca di tipo B - Università degli Studi di MILANO-BICOCCA, 2018 - 2020
  • Titolare di contratto di ricerca - Titolare di assegno di ricerca di tipo A - Università degli Studi di MILANO-BICOCCA, 2020

Congresses/Conferences

  • Partecipazione al comitato organizzativo - 10th Conference of the European Survey Research Association (ESRA)(Italia), 2023
  • Altro ruolo - 9th Conference of the European Survey Research Association (ESRA), 2022
  • Altro ruolo - Nona conferenza della European Survey Research Association (ESRA), 2021
  • Program committee - Older People, Social Networks and Well-Being”, 2020
  • Altro ruolo - 7th Conference of the European Survey Research Association (ESRA)(Portogallo), 2017
  • Program committee - “New technologies to measure non-health topics in longitudinal studies”(Regno Unito), 2017
  • Program committee - “Mixing modes and measurement methods in longitudinal studies”(Regno Unito), 2016