Dr Tiziana Leone


Tiziana is a lecturer in population studies in the Population Group and LSE Health in the Department of Social Policy. She is a demographer with a background in statistics having obtained a masters' degree in demography and statistical sciences from the University La Sapienza in Rome and a PhD in Social Statistics from the University of Southampton. Her PhD was on 'Fertility and union dynamics in Brazil'. She has been at LSE since January 2006, previously she was at the Centre for Longitudinal Studies at the Institute for Education where she worked as a research fellow on the National Evaluation of the Children Fund. She has worked as a Statistician at the UN statistics division from 2002 and 2004 where she was firstly in charge of international migration statistics and later on vital statistics. Among her professional activities she is an associate fellow of the Institute for the Study of the Americas and a council member of the British Society for Population Studies.

Tiziana's research interests focus on demographic and statistical modelling. She is particularly interested in reproductive and child health in developing countries, and in particular in the effect that behavioural factors such as union dynamics and gender preference for boys, have on fertility and contraceptive use. Recently, she has focused on the impact of reproductive health on both demographic and public health outcomes. Recent projects include: analysis of the determinants and risk factors of high rates of female sterilisation and caesarean sections in Latin America and South Asia; a study of socio-economic barriers to accessing maternal healthcare in India. These areas of her research agenda have led to ongoing collaborations with academics at the University of Belo Horizonte (Brazil), the Institute for Social and Economic Change (Bangalore, India) and the University of Southampton (UK).

As a statistical demographer she is particularly interested in the utilisation of secondary data in resource-poor settings and in how international definitions in census and sample surveys might affect the quality and level of reporting. In 2007 she was awarded a Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship to work on the estimation of differential maternal mortality in developing countries using census data. The Fellowship will be dedicated to developing methods that can improve the analysis of mortality data collected through censuses using both demographic indirect techniques and statistical modelling.

Other projects she is involved in include an ESRC-funded research project 'The commodity chain of the household: from survey design to policy planning" , part of the ESRC Survey Methods Initiative. This project aims to establish how the concept of the household is defined and used in household surveys in sub-Saharan Africa and the implications of these definitions for analyses and policy-making. In addition, she has conducted work with the UNDP Coordinated HIV/AIDS Response Through Capacity Building and Awareness (CHARCA) initiative in India. She and Dr Coast advised on the data collection of the second sweep of a longitudinal study and are analysing qualitative and quantitative data on perceptions of and behaviour related to HIV/AIDS in collaboration with a UNDP researcher.

Recent publications

For a full list of Tiziana's publications, please see her LSE Research Online| page