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Chiara Puglisi is a doctoral researcher at the Department of Political and Social Sciences (SPS) of the European University Institute (EUI). Between January and March 2022, she has been an Academic Visitor at the Department of Sociology of the University of Oxford.

She holds a MA in International Relations from the University of Bologna and a BA in Economic Development and International Cooperation from the University of Palermo.  

Her research interests cover demographic phenomena of low- and middle-income countries, such as the interplay between female social status and infant and child survival and the influence of mothers’ reproductive behaviours on offspring mortality. 

In her doctoral dissertation, Chiara explores how individuals other than the mother can affect child health and survival in Sub-Saharan Africa. Specifically, she investigates the role of three factors, namely women’s community-level education, the presence of the grandmother within the household, and the paternal educational level.

Her work is based on quantitative analyses of large-scale cross-sectional data, like the Demographic and Health Surveys (DHS) and Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey (MICS) data.

Chiara has worked as a teaching assistant at the Dept. of Social Sciences of the Humboldt University and at the Department of Economics of the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia.