Liliana is a postdoctoral researcher at the Leverhulme Centre for Demographic Science in the Department of Sociology at the University of Oxford. Liliana recently completed her DPhil in Sociology at Nuffield College at the University of Oxford and worked as a researcher on the John Fell-funded project “Mapping women’s empowerment in sub-Saharan Africa” within the Department of Sociology at the University of Oxford. Liliana also holds graduate degrees in Economics and Social Sciences from Bocconi University and Demography from the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research and Warsaw School of Economics.
Liliana’s research spans child mortality and health, female education, gender, family dynamics, climate change, and spatial demography. Her research includes investigating the impacts of expanded female education on socio-demographic outcomes, exploring the causes of climate change and weather shocks on demographic processes, and examining the spatial and temporal trends in gender inequality in sub-Saharan Africa. In her work, Liliana applies advanced econometric and demographic methods and combines micro data on child mortality and health, female education and empowerment, and family dynamics with spatial weather and climate data. Her research on the impacts of maternal education on child mortality in Malawi and Uganda has been published in Demography. Her subsequent project on the effects of drought on life course transitions among young women in Malawi has been published in Population Studies. She has also published in Population and Development Review and Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.