Marco Albertini

Marco Albertini, PhD

Adjunct Professor of International Political Economy
Associate Professor, Department of Political and Social Sciences, the University of Bologna

SAIS Europe


  • Anthropology
  • Life Cycle Assessment
  • International Relations
  • Italian

Background and Education

Professor Albertini's research interests focus on intergenerational relations, including: the exchange of resources between generations within the family, the consequences of separation and divorce on children's educational level and parent-child relations, the comparative study of income inequality and social stratification, the consequences of childlessness on elderly support networks, and long-term care policies for the ageing.

Professor Albertini has been Research Assistant at the European University Institute, Visiting Professor at Pompeu Fabra University and Junior Researcher at the Center for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences of the Juan March Institute; since 2013 he has been a member of the Programme Committee of the PhD programme in Sociology of the University of Trento, and in 2014 he was Short Term Consultant to the World Bank for the Regional Aging Report in Europe and Central Asia; between 2011 and 2014 he was a member of the Roundtable on Welfare Innovation of the Fondazione Alma Mater; in 2011 and 2012 he was Visiting Scholar and Sunstrat Guest Researcher at the Swedish Institute for Social Research. PhD, the European University Institute


"Ageing and Family Solidarity in Europe. Patterns and Driving Factors of Intergenerational Support," in Ageing and Family Solidarity in Europe. Patterns and Driving Factors of Intergenerational Support, Washington, World Bank (2016); "Care policies in Italy between a national frozen landscape and local dynamism," with E. Pavolini in The Italian welfare state in a European perspective. A comparative analysis, Bristol, Policy Press (2015); "L'Italia salvata dai nonni (finchè regge la salute)," with A. Rosina, in Famiglie Flessibili. L'arte di arrangiarsi ai tempi della crisi, Firenze, Associazione neodemos (2015); "Unequal Inequalities: The Stratification of the Use of Formal Care Among Older Europeans," with E. Pavolini, in Journals of Gerontology Series B-Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences (2015); Albertini M.; Mencarini L., "Childlessness and support networks in later life. New pressures on familistic welfare states?" with L. Mencarini in, Journal of Family Issues (2014); "Support to the elderly and caring regimes. An analysis of patterns of informal support and their determinants in six European countries," in The Transformation of Care in European Societies, Basingstoke, Palgrave Macmillan (2014)

2017-03-03 00:00:00 
Spring 2018 
The course will...
The course will explore the foundations of Big Data, including its foundations in computing technology and statistics. It aims at understanding the role of computers in our lives, and how this generates a trail. Social implications of increased knowledge, surveillance, and behavioral prediction made possible by Big Data, and the ethical trade offs will also be considered. While the course includes an analytic project, no prior technical experience is required.