Orsola Torrisi



PhD candidate - Department of Social Policy

The London School of Economics and Political Science

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I am doctoral student in Demography/Population Studies at the Department of Social Policy, London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). In 2018, I also attended the European Doctoral School of Demography (EDSD) as an associate of the Max Plank Institute for Demographic Research (MPIDR) in Rostock, and the University of Southern Denmark (SDU) in Odense.


My research focuses on the demography of crises and violence. I am particularly interested in issues of family formation, fertility and population change in contexts affected by armed conflict and disasters. Part of my doctoral project also examines the consequences of conflict violence on the quality of intimate relationships, including implications for domestic abuse.


My work is interdisciplinary. I combine theoretical approaches from demography, economics and sociology with standard demographic, causal and spatial methods. I focus on low- and middle-income settings experiencing socio-economic and demographic changes, particularly the South Caucasus and Central Asia. I also have research interest and experience in the Middle East and Europe.


With my research, I aim to expand and advance knowledge on how crises and uncertainty due to violence affect family formation decision-making in unstable settings and, hence, in often under-studied populations.


I hold a MSc in Demography (2016) and a MSc in Social Research Methods (2017) from the London School of Economics, and a BA in Political Economy (2015) from King's College London. I am a member of the British Society for Population Studies (BSPS) and of the Population Association of America (PAA).