Trento School of applied Quantitative Research


9-11 October 2019

Household Dynamics, Family Events, and Inequalities in the Life-Course


The "Trento School of Applied Quantitative Research" is a multi-year advanced training school on key themes of sociology as analytical, quantitative and interdisciplinary social science, thus involving sociological, economic, demographic, statistical and computer science approaches.

The School aims to provide a systematic integration of the theoretical, methodological and technical ‘front edge’ aspects of applied quantitative research. 

The School is addressed to PhD students, post-docs and researchers of universities, public and private research institutions in the early stages of their career or willing to deepen their preparation acquiring advanced technical-methodological knowledge applicable in their research. The official language of the School will be English.
The School will be held in Trento, Italy, from 9th to 11th October 2019 (three days). The first edition focuses on “Household dynamics, family events and inequalities in the life-course”.


The substantive topics include education and marital dissolution, employment and divorce, couples’ division of labour in comparative and longitudinal perspective. The applied sessions will cover panel data models, multi-process hazard models and meta-analytical tools.
Morning session
Presentation of a recent research article published in a prestigious peer-review journal. Detailed discussion of the research questions, theoretical framework and underlying debates, formulation of research hypotheses and the innovative contribution with respect to the previous literature. 
Afternoon session
applied session to address the research strategy adopted and the methodological problems related to the implementation of the analysis used to answer the research questions of the study. This is a more practical session in the laboratory, in which the participants will be able to apply firsthand methods and techniques used in the works presented and discussed in the morning. 
The statistical softwares Stata and/or R will be used. 
This organization will give participants the opportunity to learn all the conceptual and empirical steps necessary for the development of a theoretically-guided empirical research article, which make use of the most advanced analysis techniques proposed in the literature.

Detailed program

9 october
  • morning session Juho Härkönen (European University Institute) Parental Education and Family Dissolutions
  • afternoon session M.D. Anne Brons (Utrecht University)  How to compare countries and cohorts using meta-analytical tools
10 october
  • morning session Daniele Vignoli  (University of Florence) Women’s employment and divorce in a comparative perspective
  • afternoon session Valentina Tocchioni  (University of Florence) How to account for selection and anticipation mechanism using multi-process models
11 october
  • morning session Thomas Leopold  (University of Amsterdam) Retirement and gender gap in  household labor
  • afternoon session Jan Skopek (Trinity College Dublin)  How to study individual changes over time using fixed-effects panel regression models


Juho Härkönen is Professor of sociology at the European University Institute (EUI), while on leave from Stockholm University. His research interests are in family demography, stratification, life course research, and health. He is co-director of the EUIs Comparative Life Course and Inequality Research Centre (CLIC) and of Florence Population Studies (FloPS), and co-editor of Advances in Life Course Research.

Thomas Leopold is Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Amsterdam. He completed a PhD in sociology at the University of Bamberg and a Max Weber Postdoctoral Fellowship at the European University Institute. His interests are in social demography, life course research, and family relations. He is currently the PI of the NORFACE project CRITEVENTS (2017-2020) and Co-PI of the NORFACE project EQUALLIVES.

Daniele Vignoli is Professor of Demography at the University of Florence. He received his PhD in Demography from La Sapienza, University of Rome, in 2008. His research interests address: family demography; social demography; life course research. Currently, he leads an ERC Consolidator Grant titled “Economic Uncertainty and Fertility in Europe” and a Miur-Prin Grant titled “The Great Demographic Recession”.

Jan Skopek, is Assistant Professor at the Department of Sociology at Trinity College Dublin. Previously, he was post-doctoral Senior Researcher at the Comparative Life Course and Inequality Research Centre (CLIC) located at the Department of Political and Social Sciences of the European University Institute (EUI), Florence, Italy. His research relates to family and social stratification, social demography, the life course, cross-national comparison, and quantitative methodology.

Valentina Tocchioni is Assistant Professor in Social Statistics at the University of Florence. She completed her PhD in Applied Statistics at the University of Florence in 2016. Her current research addresses: causal inference in social applications; childlessness; interrelationship between employment/housing uncertainty and fertility; pregnancy and childbirth.

M.D. (Anne) Brons is a postdoc at the University of Utrecht (UU) within the VICI project of Anne-Rigt Poortman called “Family diversity after divorce and outcomes for children and parents”. Anne has a background in family sociology and social stratification. She did her PhD at the Netherlands Interdisciplinary Demographic Institute (NIDI). After her PhD, which she will defend by the end of 2019, she worked for a year as a quantitative researcher at research bureau APE in the Hague.


The Square School will take place at the Department of Sociology and Social Research of the University of Trento (via Verdi, 26). The Department is located in the heart of the historic centre of Trento, just a short walk from the Cathedral (Piazza Duomo) and 10 minutes’ walk from the railway station.

Getting here

By car or coach
The main road accesses to Trento are the following:

  • Strada Statale dell'Abetone e del Brennero SS12;
  • Autostrada del Brennero - A22 motorway; coming by A22 is necessary take the Trento Sud exit and follow the SS12 direction Trento centro;
  • Superstrada della Valsugana for those coming from Venice SS47;
  • Strada Statale 45 bis (Gardesana Occidentale) for those coming from Brescia.
By train
All long-distance Italian and European trains stop in Trento. Timetable details from can be seen on the following link: Trenitalia or Italo
By airplane
If you are travelling by plane, you can land at: 
  • Verona Catullo Airport - 95 km: the airport has a shuttle bus service, which takes to the railway station of Verona. By car, take the motorway A22 from the entrance Verona Nord.
  • Bergamo Orio al Serio "Caravaggio" (180 Km) – This is the main Italian hub for low cost airlines. The airport is connected to Bergamo and Milano with bus services and also hosts numerous car rental companies. Trento is reached in a couple of hours by car via the A4 and A22 motorways.
  • Innsbruck (180 Km) - From Innsbruck you can reach Trento in a couple of hours by car going through the Brenner pass and driving along the A22 motorway. If you would like to travel by train, Innsbruck is on the route connecting Munich, Brenner, and Verona.
  • Venice "Marco Polo" (220 km) – the airport is connected to the nearby railway stations of Venice-Santa Lucia and Mestre-Venice by scheduled bus services. By car take the SS14 and continue on A27, take the exit direction Milano/Bologna and continue on A4. After 70 km take the exit Brennero/Verona and take the A22.
  • Bologna “Guglielmo Marconi” (229 km) - the airport is connected to the train station by the shuttle bus service. By car, Trento can be reached in a couple of hours driving via the motorways (A1 to Modena and then A22 northwards). 
  • Milano Linate (215 km) – the shuttle service will take you to the Stazione Centrale of Milano, from this central station you can easily take the train to Trento (there is no direct train, it’s necessary to change train in Verona Porta Nuova, from where there is a train to Trento almost every hour). By car follow direction to motorway A4 Milano/Venezia. After 100 km take the Peschiera exit and follow direction to A22 motorway.
  • Milano Malpensa (265 km): the shuttle service is the same as at the Milano Linate. By car take the Strada Statale SS336 direction A8 Milano. So take the motorway A8 and after 12 km take A4 motorway direction Venezia. After 100 km take the Peschiera exit and follow direction to A22 motorway.

City travel

Travelling within the Province is convenient thanks to the local bus and train network.
Taxis can be caught anywhere in the city or booked on the phone number (+39) 0461 930002.



How to apply

To apply, please upload the required documents:
  • your short curriculum vitae et studiorum (1-2 pages)
  • a short motivation letter specifying own research topics (1-2 pages)
Please, upload PDFs ONLY - Deadline: 18 August 2019.
The application is now closed.


Here is the official Rank of Candidates and Eligible Candidates  (PDF | 270 KB).



Only selected candidates can register.

Standard participant:

  • The fee for participation is Euro 150, inclusive of tuition, coffee breaks and lunches during the three days and a social dinner

UniTrento enrolled:

  • Selected candidates enrolled at the University of Trento are fee-exempted, but they need to register in any case



The link to the online registration will be sent to the eligible and selected candidates.

Note: Participants will be responsible for the costs of board and lodging in Trento.
Accommodations at agreed rates will be notified to the participants.


For any further information please contact:

Organising secretariat:
Segreteria Dipartimento di Sociologia e Ricerca Sociale
Via Verdi, 26 - 38122 Trento, Italy
tel. (+39) 0461 281396