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Ilona Lahdelma

I tried to avoid studying statistics for almost thirty years, up until starting my DPhil where I had no choice but to try. And it was then when I realized just how much I enjoyed doing it! Taking stats enabled me to think differently about the world and about what I can ask and answer as a social scientist. Quickly my friends and family witnessed as I transformed from a theorist and a qualitative historian to what they sometimes refer to as a born again statistician. I now research European attitudes on refugees and the impact of refugee settlement on local politics by mainly quantitative methods of causal inference, with mixing in my historian's and theorist's background as much as I can.

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