Dr Maria Grasso's Research Featured in The Economist
Dr Maria Grasso's research on Europeans' perceptions of their relative living standards has featured in The Economist
The Economist has recently featured the research of Sheffield academic Dr Maria Grasso.
Dr Grasso is the Principal Investigator for "Individual Responses to Crisis", a 'work-package' of the research project LIVEWHAT "Living with Hard Times: How Citizens React to Economic Crises and their Social and Political Consequences". LIVEWHAT, funded by the European Commission, is a collaborative research project with research teams from 9 European countries and is coordinated by Marco Giugni at the University of Geneva.
Dr Grasso's research analyses how individual people respond to economic crisis. To this end, Dr Grasso directed a cross-national survey with 18,000 participants across the nine European countries the project considers - France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Poland, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the UK. She analysed the data and wrote the comparative report on perceptions of crisis across the countries of the project (see: D4.2. ‘Integrated report on individual responses to crises’).
The Economist reported on her findings, remarking on the "odd perceptions" that European citizens hold about the quality of life in neighbouring countries.
Dr Grasso said:
"We are delighted that our report which has just come out this month is already generating impact and being picked up by major publications such as The Economist. As we complete our data collection and analyse the data to write reports, peer-reviewed publications and other outputs, we are certain that LIVEWHAT will continue to generate many more relevant new insights for advancing inter-disciplinary knowledge on the way in which European citizens have responded to the economic crisis."
Other reseachers on Dr Grasso's team at the Department of Politics include: Luke Temple (Research Associate), Barbara Buraczynska (PhD Researcher), Sotirios Karampampas (PhD Researcher) as well as Patrick English (PhD Researcher at the University of Manchester).
Title of Research: Living with Hard Times: How European Citizens Deal with Economic Crises and Their Social and Political Consequences (LIVEWHAT)