Micol Morellini

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Sociology (2020 cohort)

My research interests are interdisciplinary in nature and lie at the intersection between sociology, demography and economics. I’m particularly concerned with questions of inequality, stratification, social exclusion, social networks, socialization and social capital. I’m also passionate about empirical methods and evidence-based impact evaluations, more specifically randomized controlled trials (RCTs).

My research combines quantitative and computational methods with social network analysis (SNA) to explore the interdependence of individual decisions and network-level structures, analyzing different inequality patterns and how they might emerge, reproduce and persist across networks. As a major determinant of social inequality, I’m interested in technological change, the future of work, and the impact of technology on social mobility.

Before coming to Oxford, I graduated from Bocconi University with a degree in political science and economics, after spending an exchange term at Northwestern University. My senior thesis applied a fixed-effects model to study the consequences of having a disabled child on the family, such as marital stability and labor market participation throughout child-rearing years.

During my undergraduate career, I worked as a research assistant at the Global Poverty Research Lab (Northwestern University) and at the Dondena Center for Research on Social Dynamics and Public Policy (Bocconi). After graduation, I worked as a project manager at Harvard Kennedy School, where I oversaw the design and implementation of a large scale RCT that aimed at reducing educational inequalities in Italy during the Covid-19 induced lockdown.