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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). 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 the relationship between maternal social status and infant health and mortality in Sub-Saharan Africa. Specifically, she investigates the factors that might moderate such relationship, among which women’s community education and the partner’s education. 

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