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Maria is a Professor since 2022 holding a joint position within SEED (Manchester Institute of Education) and Social Sciences (Social Statistics).

Maria’s research is primarily in (mathematics) education focusing on learners’ attitudes and dispositions and their relationship with teaching practices. Most of her research involves primary data from longitudinal survey designs, and using advanced quantitative methods, measurement approaches and systematic reviews. One of her current projects involves a systematic review of mathematics anxiety, from both cognitive and emotional perspectives. Her research interests spread across various areas of social research methodology and advanced quantitative methods, including measurement and assessment with focus on the use of the Rasch model and other (Multidimensional) Item Response Theory Models, Missing Data and data imputation techniques and the application of tools from the complexity theory perspective (e.g. Agent based simulations, dynamic nonlinear modelling, etc).

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Digital Futures
  • Cathie Marsh Institute


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