Sergio is a Research Director in the Evaluation team.
Prior to joining NatCen Social Research in September 2013, he held posts at the Policy Studies Institute (University of Westminster) and the Institute for the Study of European Transformations (London Metropolitan University).
Sergio completed an MSc and a PhD, both in Economics, at the University of Essex (UK) and the University of Cagliari (Italy), respectively.
Sergio is an applied social science researcher with over twelve years’ experience of analysing large administrative datasets and complex surveys using a wide range of econometric techniques. He specialises in the evaluation of public programmes and policies using quasi-experimental research designs.
He has previously conducted impact evaluations for the Department for Work and Pensions (JobCentre Plus and Provider-Led Pathways-to-Work), National Offender Management Service (feasibility of evaluating the prison-based Democratic Therapeutic Communities), Food Standard Agency (Impact Evaluation of the Food Hygiene Rating Scheme and Food Hygiene Information Scheme), Responsible Gambling Trust (early impact of the ABB’ Code on machine gamblers) and ESRC/MRC (Extending Working Lives).
Sergio is currently working on the impact evaluations of the Innovation Fund (for the Department for Work and Pensions) and the Democratic Therapeutic Communities (for the National Offender Management Service).
He has taught Quantitative Research Methods and Data Analysis, Statistics and Microeconomics at the University of Westminster, City University and the Department of Economics of the University of Cagliari.