Giorgio Di Gessa
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Giorgio completed his PhD in Demography at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical MedicineGiorgio has a long-standing interest in the field of social gerontology, particularly in the demographic and social determinants of health and wellbeing in later life in Europe. Much of his work involves cross-national comparisons of the complex relationships between ageing and health using longitudinal secondary data and a life-course perspective. Giorgio has a keen interest and expertise in quantitative methodologies, including hierarchical modelling and causal inference.

Giorgio is currently working on the Wellbeing, Health, Retirement and the Lifecourse project ( His research focuses on the complex relationships over time between paid work up to and beyond State pension age, and mental and physical health, taking lifecourse factors (i.e. family, paid work and health histories) and data missingness into account.

Giorgio is involved in teaching both undergraduate and postgraduate level modules on statistics and quantitative data analysis and management, in addition to contributing to the gerontology postgraduate and intercalated BSc programmes.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities

Education/Academic qualification

Postgraduate Certificate , King's College London

Award Date: 1 Jan 2014

Doctor of Social Science, Active ageing and health: an exploration of longitudinal data for four European countries, LSHTM London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

Award Date: 1 Jan 2012

Master of Statistics, Simple Strategies for Variance Uncertainty in Meta-Analysis, University of Glasgow

Award Date: 1 Jan 2007

Bachelor of Social Science, Analysis of Water Abstraction by Source in Italy, Sapienza University of Rome

Award Date: 1 Jan 2006

External positions

Fellow (Global Ageing), LSE London School of Economics & Political Science

1 Aug 20167 Jan 2018


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