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Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Mikrosoziologie

Im aktuellen Semester

Der Fachbereich Mikrosoziologie freut sich folgende Wissenschaftler*innen im Team begrüßen zu dürfen:


Tiziana Nazio

Marie Curie project (Link) (Sept 2017-Aug 2019)


CARING - "CARe in an INterGenerational context. How do changes in family formation trajectories reflect in later intergenerational relations? A three-generations perspective"

How do changes in early family formation trajectories reflect on later intergenerational relations and care support across generations? Early life choices in the process of family formation reflect in the availability of later potential for care giving, or demands for it. CARING investigates the contribution of early family formation trajectories on explaining differences in intergenerational relations and support patterns later in life. Country differences in the demography of family-linked life stages, and how these reflect on caring responsibilities, have remained largely unexplored. But the timing of family formation and dissolution, childbirth and grand-parenting are key transitions with bearing on entitlements and obligations to inter- household (reciprocal) solidarity and support. To address these issues CARING will explore the effects of family diversification (childlessness, union dissolution and fertility postponement) on intergenerational relations and support in 5 selected countries: Italy, Germany, France, Denmark and Czech Republic. Sequence analysis on data from SHARE surveys will compare family trajectories (partnerships and fertility over 34 years, at ages 16-46) for individuals from the birth cohorts 1927-58. Family formation trajectories will contribute to the study of: current patterns of relations, upward support and downward support through hierarchical multinomial logit models. Results will be validated on fertility trajectories for larger sample sizes and younger birth cohorts (1957-64). The project will adopt a comparative multi-generational perspective with a focus on three generations, helping shed light on the 'caring potential' for the new generations, experiencing longer and thinner (beanpole) families and increasing rates of childlessness.

Mitglied der Forschungsgruppe Demografie und Ungleichheit am WZB (Link)

WZB: "Tiziana Nazio ist Marie-Curie-Fellow-Forscherin in der Forschungsgruppe Demografie und Ungleichheit innerhalb der Forschungseinheit Dynamik sozialer Ungleichheiten. Ihr Projekt CARe in an INterGenerational context (CARING) untersucht, wie sich Veränderungen in frühen Familienbildungsverläufen über Geburtskohorten in späteren intergenerationellen Beziehungen widerspiegeln."

Short CV
Academic and Visiting Positions

Marie Curie Individual Fellow in the Research Group Demography and Inequality, WZB Berlin Social Science Center


Lecturer(Ricercatore), Dept. of Culture, Politics and Society, University of Turin (on leave)


Affiliate Fellow at Collegio Carlo Alberto


“Career Development Fellow”, Oxford University & Nuffield College (UK)


“Juan de la Cierva” Research Fellow, University Pompeu Fabra (Barcelona, Spain)


Contract Professor & Researcher, University Pompeu Fabra (Barcelona, Spain)


Marie Curie post-graduate Fellow, Centre for Demographic Studies (CED), UAB (Spain)


Researcher, Faculty of Social Sciences, Bielefeld University (Germany)


Ph.D. in Sociology, Faculty of Sociology, University of Bielefeld, Germany in co-tutelage with
University of Turin, Italy (with distinction)


Post-graduate Diploma in Social Science Data Analysis and Collection, Essex University, UK.


B.A. in Political Science (Laurea) with distinction, University of Turin, Italy


Erasmus student at interdepartmental centre for women’s studies: Cekvina, Århus, Denmark (6 m.)

Research Interests
  • Family models and household dynamics
  • Labour force participation and time-use
  • Social stratification and gender inequalities
  • Event history analysis and diffusion models



Heta Pöyliö

Project (2017-2018): Do Parental Resources Moderate the Relationship Between Women’s Income and First Birth?

Short CV
Academic and Visiting Positions
09/2016 - 02/2017

Visiting Student Researcher, Stanford University


Project Researcher in cooperation with the the ERC-funded Intergenerational Cumulative Disadvantage and Resource Compensation (INDIRECT) project, University of Turku (Link)


03/2015 -

Doctoral Candidate, Department of Social Research, University of Turku

09/2013 - 10/2014

M.A in in Global and International Social Policy, University of Sheffield

08/2009 - 12/2012

Bachelor in Social Services, Turku University of Applied Sciences


Research Interests
  • Social inequality
  • Welfare states
  • Family and education policies