Raya joined the Vienna Institute of Demography and the World Population (POP) Program at IIASA in September 2011. She obtained her MSc and DPhil in sociology from the University of Oxford in 2008. Before coming to Vienna, Raya was a postdoctoral research fellow at the European University Institute in Florence. Her research interests lie in the intersection of social inequality, differential vulnerability and environmental change.
Raya's recent research project focuses on demographic differential vulnerability: 1) to impacts of natural disasters/climate change; and 2) in ability to respond and cope with consequences of extreme weather events. She also works on attitudes toward climate change and pro-environmental behaviours. Furthermore, Raya is actively engaged in empirical studies on a variety of topics ranging from the effects of the economic crisis on health, immigrants' integration, to social networks and fertility.
Areas of Expertise
- Demographic Differential Vulnerability
- Climate Change Perception & Mitigation
- Social Inequality & Health
- Sociology of Marriage & Family