Micol Morellini

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Micol Matilde Morellini

DPhil in Sociology

Thesis: New data and methods for migration research

Supervisors: Professor Ridhi Kashyap and Dr Charles Rahal

Micol is a DPhil candidate in the Department of Sociology and affiliated student at the Leverhulme Centre for Demographic Science.

Her research lies at the intersection of migration studies, network science, and social demography. She is particularly interested in the of use of computational methods and non-traditional data sources to address long-standing questions in human migration.

In her doctoral project, Micol draws from social network analysis, micro-simulation, and big data to investigate the drivers and patterns of international movement. By harnessing novel methodologies and data sources, she seeks to improve the way we currently understand and forecast migration.

Micol’s doctoral work is supported by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and Nuffield College. She is also affiliated with the Lab of Digital and Computational Demography at the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research (MPIDR) in Rostock, Germany, as part of the IMPRS-PHDS doctoral school.

Before starting the DPhil, Micol graduated with distinction from the MPhil in Sociology and Demography here at the University of Oxford, and worked as a research manager at the Harvard Kennedy School, where she specialised in impact evaluation and randomised controlled trials (RCTs).

Research Interests: Migration, social networks, computational methods

Previous Education: BSc International Politics and Government, Bocconi University; MPhil Sociology and Demography, University of Oxford