Dr Valentina Di Stasio is an Assistant Professor at the European Centre for Migration and Ethnic Relations of Utrecht University (Netherlands) where she teaches courses on migrants’ socioeconomic and sociocultural integration, ethnic discrimination and prejudice. Her research examines labour market inequalities and discrimination, with a focus on ethnicity, gender, education and religion. While at CSI, she contributed to the design and implementation of a cross-nationally harmonized field experiment to study ethnic discrimination in five countries. Her current projects combine survey data with factorial surveys and field experiments. Valentina’s work has been published in European Sociological Review, Sociology of Education, Social Forces, Annual Review of Sociology, Research in Social Stratification and Mobility.
Dr Lindsay Richards is a departmental lecturer in the Department of Sociology, University of Oxford, and an Associate Member of CSI. Her work explores social inequalities and social stratification, health, well-being, and political attitudes. Her doctorate was obtained from the University of Manchester in 2015 with a thesis on the effect of social connectedness on the money-happiness relationship, and her research has explored the relationship between class and mental health. Currently, Lindsay is running CSI’s Brexit project with Anthony Heath, exploring attitudes towards the Brexit negotiations, as well as exploring differences between ‘Leavers’ and Remainers’. Other recent publications cover attitudes of European Muslims towards immigration. Lindsay frequently writes blogs and has written about Englishness and racism and social cohesion among other topics.
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Dr Elisabeth Garratt is a Lecturer at the Sheffield Methods Institute, University of Sheffield. Her research interests are in food insecurity, homelessness, health inequalities, and poverty. Her doctorate was completed at the University of Manchester and explored social gradients in physical and mental health in parents and children. Elisabeth is currently working on a project exploring homelessness in Oxford, focussing on people’s transitions through homelessness experiences (including exits), and the role of support services. She is a strong believer in engaging with non-academic audiences, and to this end has spoken about food insecurity on TV and radio. Her research on UK food insecurity has received widespread press coverage, been cited in government debates and was also made into an impact film.
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Dr Marti Rovira is a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow at the Department of Sociology in the University of Oxford and a Non-Stipendiary Fellow at Nuffield College. He has an interdisciplinary background with experience and training on criminology, sociology, social research methods and political science studies. He has been an associate member at the Centre for Social Investigation since September 2019.
His research is primarily directed at understanding the mechanisms of social stratification related to the criminal justice system. Currently, he is conducting an audit study on the stigma a criminal record in the UK. His previous research focused on the effects of collateral consequences of convictions, the use of temporary release in prisons, the effects of sentences on re-offending and the stigma of police officers.
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Dr Yizhang Zhao is a lecturer in the School of Social Sciences at Cardiff University. She was a staff member of CSI from 2018 to 2020. Her research examines how different dimensions of social inequality affect people’s life chances and their welfare, and how the influence changes over time and across space in different social contexts.