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  • Gabriella Melis

    Department:
    Education, Practice and Society
    Centre:
    LLAKES
    Tel:
    0207 771 5236
  • Gabriella Melis

Role in LLAKES

I started working as a Research Associate for LLAKES in June 2015, as a member of the research teams ‘Youth, Inter-generational mobility and civic values’ and ‘Education, inequality and social cohesion’. My role at LLAKES is centred around advanced quantitative analysis on cross-sectional and longitudinal datasets, such as the British birth cohort studies, BHPS-UKHLS, CELS, WVS-EVS. In particular, at present I am involved in the following projects:

Theme 1 Project 1: Intergenerational Dynamics in Learning Engagement, Life Chances and Well-Being of Young People, with Prof Ingrid Schoon

Theme 1 Project 2: The Crisis for Contemporary Youth: Young People, Opportunities and Civic Values, with Prof Andy Green and Dr Avril Keating

Theme 1 Project 4: Student Debt, Higher Education Participation, and Intermediate Skills Development, with Prof Claire Callender and Prof Geoff Mason

Theme 3 Project 3: Lifelong Learning Systems, Equality, and Civic Values, with Dr Jan Germen Janmaat

I have a PhD in Social Statistics from the University of Manchester’s Cathie Marsh Institute for Social Research (CMIST), on the topic of inter-generational transmission of authoritarianism, for which I used the British Cohort Study 1970 data. I was supervised by Dr Nick Shryane, Dr Maria Pampaka and Prof Mark Elliot, and examined by Prof Rachel Gibson and Prof Patrick Sturgis.

Research Interests

Theoretical:

- Socio-political attitudes formation and civic participation

- Mechanisms of intergenerational transmission of authoritarianism

- Mechanisms of intergenerational transmission of socio-economic risk factors

- Integration of socio-economic and psychological factors affecting cognitive development and life chances

Methodological:

- Longitudinal data analysis (Multi-level and Structural Equation modelling frameworks)

- Generalized Latent Variable Models (e.g., Confirmatory Factor Analysis, Item Response Theory, Latent Class Analysis)

- Missing data analysis and Multiple Imputation

  • LLAKES Projects

    Theme 1 Project 1: Intergenerational Dynamics in Learning Engagement, Life Chances and Well-Being of Young People, with Prof Ingrid Schoon

    Theme 1 Project 2: The Crisis for Contemporary Youth: Young People, Opportunities and Civic Values, with Prof Andy Green and Dr Avril Keating

    Theme 1 Project 4: Student Debt, Higher Education Participation, and Intermediate Skills Development, with Prof Claire Callender and Prof Geoff Mason

    Theme 3 Project 3: Lifelong Learning Systems, Equality, and Civic Values, with Dr Jan Germen Janmaat

  • Recent Outputs and Activities

    Journal articles

    Published

    - Keating, A. and Melis, G. (2017) 'Social media and youth political engagement: Preaching to the converted or providing a new voice for youth?'. British Journal of Politics & International Relations (http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/1369148117718461)

    - Hoskins, B., Janmaat, J.G. and Melis, G. (2017) 'Tackling inequalities in political socialisation: A Systematic analysis of Access to and Mitigation Effects of Learning Citizenship at School'. Social Science Research (https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ssresearch.2017.09.001)

    Under review (January 2018) 

    - Janmaat, J.G. and Melis, G. 'A Single Civic Culture or Various Civic Cultures Differing in Kind? A Matter of Scale"

    - Melis, G., Shryane, N., Elliot, M. and Pampaka, M. 'Attitudes to legal authority in adulthood: inter-individual differences and intra-individual stability'

    - Melis, G., Shryane, N., Elliot, M., Pampaka, M. 'Assessing intergenerational transmission of attitudes to authority in the British Cohort Study 1970'

    -Schoon, I. and MelisG. ‘Intergenerational transmission of family adversity: Examining constellations of risk factors’

    - Janmaat, J.G., Melis, G., Green, A. and Pensiero, N. ‘Changing Preferences for Brexit: Discerning the Groups with Volatile Support for  'Leave’

    Teaching activities

    Teaching fellow at the UCL Institute of Education (Undergraduate, MSc and PhD students): MSc in Social Policy and Social Research (seminar leader for the modules: Evidence for Policy and Practice; Survey Design); UCL IoE Centre for Doctoral Education (module leader and lecturer, with Dr Golo Henseke, for the course in Quantitative Analysis 1; lectures on Framing your thesis comparatively); UCL IoE BA in Education Studies (lecture on Authoritarian values for the module Youth in a Globalising World

Contact Details

  • Tel:
    0207 771 5236
    Office:
    706, 20 Bedford Way
    Education, Practice and Society,
    LLAKES