Emilia is a Professor of Economics at ISER, University of Essex. Her research agenda is focused on the nature, causes, and consequences of disparities in children’s human capital that lead to inequalities later on in life.
As of March 2020 she is the new Director of the ESRC-funded Centre for Micro Social Change (MiSoC). MiSoC is a multidisciplinary centre, promoting collaboration between economists, sociologists and other social scientists, and using quantitative social science to provide evidence with which to address key societal challenges. MiSoC has been based at ISER at the University of Essex since 1989. Our programme of work for the 2019-2024 cycle will investigate how individuals and families are responding to the challenge of the world’s need for a creative, adaptable labour force - with higher levels of education and a greater reliance on social skills. It will also explore demographic changes: including new family structures, changing gender roles, an ageing population and growing diversity from migration. For more information, please see here: https://www.iser.essex.ac.uk/misoc
Emilia is also continuing to work on the ESRC-funded project Inequality in Higher Education Outcomes in the UK, which features a large longitudinal study of higher university students started in 2015.
She joined IZA as a Research Affiliate in December 2001 and became a Research Fellow in July 2005.