Fabrizio Bernardi

Chair in Sociology

Fabrizio Bernardi

Fabrizio Bernardi joined the EUI in January 2010, while on leave from the UNED, Spain. 

He received his Ph.D. in sociology and social research from the University of Trento. He has taught at the faculty of sociology of the University of Bielefeld, Germany, from 1998 to 2001 and at the UNED, Spain, from 2001 to 2010. Between 2007 and 2009 he was senior researcher on social stratification and inequality at the Juan March Institute, Madrid. Since 2013 he is the elected Chair of the Board of the European Consortium for Social Research (www.ecsrnet.eu). He is also a founding member of the Comparative Life Course and Inequality Research Centre at the EUI.

His most recent publications deal with educational inequalities, returns to education in a comparative EU perspective and the consequences of parental separation for children's educational outcomes. 


Supervision Interests: I welcome Ph.D. proposals that deal with social stratification, social mobility and educational inequality. I am also interested in the consequences of family dynamics (divorce, homogamy, fertility) for social inequality. My training is in quantitative methods, but I am open to supervise students who wish to use qualitative methods (ethnography) to the study of social mobility and intergenerational transmission of inequality. I also encourage my students to apply causal research designs (although I am not a "causality policeman").

For more information in this regard see my teaching activities (Seminars and Workshops) and the theses of my former and current supervisees. For a taste of the type of research I do and I like see:

On social mobility:

Education as the great equalizer: a theoretical framework

On divorce:

Non-intact families and diverging educational destinies: A decomposition analysis for Germany, Italy, the United Kingdom and the United States

On causal research design to study social inequality:

Compensatory Advantage as a Mechanism of Educational Inequality: A Regression Discontinuity Based on Month of Birth


Research interests: Inequality in Educational Opportunities, Social Mobility, Educational Returns, Family and Labour Market Dynamics and Inequality, Research Design and Methodology (quantitative) 


Languages: Italian, English, Spanish


New! Talk at the TEDx Pisa 2015 on inequality, education and social mobility (in Italian)


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