+3 studentship, commenced in 2013

About me

I have MSc (Hons) in Economic and Social Sciences from Bocconi University, I completed the European Doctoral School of Demography program in 2013, funded by the Institut National d’études Démographiques (INED).

My research

My research interests are in understanding health inequalities in the older population. More specifically, my PhD project is aimed at understanding inequalities in healthy ageing, focusing in particular on ageing with and without disability. A significant part of my work is devoted to the conceptualization of disability, such as to be comprehensive and consider its impact in various spheres of life. I am especially interested in exploring gender inequalities in ageing and explaining why women live longer than men and spend a higher proportion of their life with disability. The ultimate aim of my project in fact is to investigate which mechanisms act along the pathway between disability and mortality and shed further light on the debate on the gender paradox in health and mortality, particularly looking at the role of health-related behaviours.

My collaborations

I work in close collaboration with my supervisors and the development of my project has involved Sc D Hannah Kuper, co-directors of the International Centre for Evidence in Disability at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine.


Prof. Bianca De Stavola: http://www.lshtm.ac.uk/aboutus/people/destavola.bianca
Dr. George Ploubidis: http://www.ioe.ac.uk/staff/99969.html


Pongiglione B., and Sabater A. (2014) The Role of Education at Young and Older Ages in Explaining Health Inequalities in Europe, Popul. Space Place, doi: 10.1002/psp.1899.
Pongiglione B., De Stavola B.L., Ploubidis G.B. (In press) A systematic literature review of studies analyzing inequalities in health expectancy among the older population, Plos One.
Sommariva S., Pongiglione B., Tarricone R. (submitted) Impact of Chemotherapy- Induced Nausea and Vomiting on Health-Related Quality of Life and Resource Utilization: a Systematic Review.
Pongiglione B., De Stavola B.L., Kuper H., Ploubidis G.B. (In preparation) Disability and all-cause mortality in the older population: evidence from the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing.

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