Gustavo De Santis

Gustavo De Santis

Professor of Demography at the University of Firenze.

A member of the most important scientific associations, he is currently the Italian Representative at the UN Commission on Population and Development (New York), is the President of the Scientific Council of the INED (Paris), and co-Director of the Florence School on Euro-Mediterranean Migration and Development, organized by the University of Florence and the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies at the European University Institute (Florence). He is the President of the cultural association “Neodemos” (, and chief editor of the website N-IUSSP (

Referee for several leading journals (Ageing and Society, Cahiers québécois de démographie, Demographic Research, European Journal of Population, Genus, Population, Population and Development Review, Population et société, Social Indicators Research, …) he is especially interested in the study of pension systems.

Mariano Porcu

Mariano Porcu

Mariano Porcu is full professor in Social Statistics at the University of Cagliari where he teaches in the faculty of Economy, Law and Political Sciences.

His most recent research interests have been primarily addressed in the framework of university and school system evaluation, on the issues related to technological innovation in school teaching, and on the study of the determinants of students’ achievement. Specifically, his research activity focused on issues related to the methods and models for the measurement of latent variables and the construction of composite and adjusted indicators. About these topics, he is author of articles in peer-reviewed journals and presented his researches in national and international conferences. He has been reviewer of several international journals.

He is also in the research staff of CIRD (Center for Interdisciplinary Research in Education) of the University of Cagliari. Since 2013 he is collaborating with staff of the University of Kentucky, Department of Educational Policy Studies and Evaluation, where he has been visiting researcher.

Francesco C. Billari

Francesco C. Billari

Francesco C. Billari is Bocconi’s Dean of the Faculty. Professor of Demography in the Department of Social and Political Sciences, President of the Dondena Centre for Research on Social Dynamics and Public Policies and a Professorial Fellow of Nuffield College, University of Oxford. He joined the Bocconi faculty in 2017. He is a Fellow of the British Academy (FBA).

His main interest is the study of population change, family and the life course. More specifically, he has worked on fertility and family change, the transition to adulthood, life course analysis, population forecasting, agent-based modelling. He has collaborated in designing comparative survey-based studies, namely the Generations and Gender Programme and a rotating module for the European Social Survey. He is the Principal Investigator of the European Research Council Advanced Investigator Grant Discont (2017-2022).

He is currently an Editor of Population Studies and a Deputy Editor of Demography. He has been the Editor- in-Chief of Advances in Life Course Research from its foundation as a journal to 2016. He is Honorary President, previously President and Secretary-General/Treasures of the European Association for Population Studies. He is President of the Council of Advisors of Population Europe. He is a council member of the British Association for Population Studies.


In ricordo di Valeria Solesin

Valeria SolesinI barbari attentati di Parigi di venerdì scorso, come molti di voi già sanno, hanno stroncato la vita anche di una giovane ricercatrice italiana, Valeria Solesin, già vincitrice tre anni fa di un posto di dottorato in Demografia alla Sapienza Università di Roma a cui aveva rinunciato per proseguire le sue attività di studio e ricerca all’Università di Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne e all’INED.

Da circa un anno era scritta all’Associazione Italiana per gli Studi sulla Popolazione, sezione della Società Italiana di Statistica (SIS-AISP). In molti avrete avuto modo di incontrarla, ascoltarla e apprezzarla alle Giornate di Studio sulla Popolazione di Palermo a febbraio scorso (Oltre il figlio unico? Vincoli e opportunità in Francia e in ItaliaRegional differences in fertility in Italy. Can we speak of an “Italian” fertility?).

È una notizia terribile che colpisce tutti noi, in quanto esseri umani, italiani e studiosi di popolazione. Il Presidente e il Consiglio scientifico della Associazione SIS-AISP la ricordano a tutti gli associati, segnalando inoltre che su Neodemos è stato appena ripubblicato un suo articolo di due anni fa “Allez les filles, au travail!”, che potremmo (far) leggere ai nostri studenti in sua memoria.

Le più sentite condoglianze alla famiglia di Valeria dall’Associazione Italiana per gli Studi sulla Popolazione della SIS e dal Comitato scientifico e organizzatore delle Giornate di Studio sulla Popolazione di Palermo.

Elena Pirani

Elena Pirani

Elena Pirani is Assistant Professor of Demography at the University of Florence.

Her main research interests are family behaviors and structures, social support and family networks. She is also interested in the study of health, socio-economic inequalities and quality of life. These topics are treated with a comparative perspective among gender, generations and geographical areas, through the application of multilevel models, models for latent variables and causal inference methods. She has been participating to various projects of both national and international relevance.

She regularly attends conferences in Italy and abroad in the domains of demography, social and applied statistics. She has published several papers, among which articles in national and international journals and essays in volumes and Encyclopedias, as well as conference proceedings and research reports. She acts as reviewer for some leading international journals concerning population and social studies, and she is a collaborator of the online specialized journals and, and synthesis of her articles appeared on on-line and newspaper articles.