Senior Lecturer in Quantitative Social Sciences

University of Sheffield

Aneta Piekut is Senior Lecturer in Quantitative Social Sciences at the Sheffield Methods Institute, the University of Sheffield. She teaches introductory and advanced undergraduate methods courses, such as survey design and data collection, statistical literacy, mixed-method research and how to do open research. In her teaching she encourages students to critically reflect on why and how they apply different methods, and how to develop a robust, transparent and reproducible inquiry, which is not disconnected from discipline-specific knowledge.

Aneta is an active member of the Sheffield Open Research Working Group, which is a part of the UK Reproducibility Network (UKRN). In 2023, she completed the UK Reproducibility Network and Center for Open Science Train-the-Trainer Programme - a recognition of her skills in teaching open research practices (see the virtual badge).

Aneta’s research interests include international migration and inter-ethnic relations, spatial segregation, and public opinion formation. In 2017 she received the SAGE Prize for Innovation and Excellence awarded by the British Sociological Association for a paper on prejudice in Poland, which was published in the British flagship journal Sociology. Her recent research projects are: ‘Life at the Frontier (LATF): Researching the Impact of Social Frontiers on the Social Mobility and Integration of Migrants’ (funded by Nordforsk and the Economic and Social Research Council) and Horizon2020 knowledge exchange project ‘Migration, Integration and Governance Research Centre’ (MIGREC). Aneta’s interest in international migration is also methodological and she studies the mechanisms of item nonresponse to questions measuring attitudes to immigration in cross-national surveys.