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Dr Malcolm Brynin - obituary
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David Rose, Emeritus Professor of Sociology at ISER, pays tribute to our former colleague, Dr Malcolm Byrnin, who sadly passed away last week.

Open schools first for the hardest hit children
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Writing for the LSE, MiSoC researcher Ayse Guveli explores the effect of Covid-19 related school closures on children’s educational opportunities and future outcomes, and how this varies by social and family background.

Maternal investments in children: the role of expected effort and returns
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Inequalities in child developmental outcomes emerge early in life and persist, with parents playing a critical role in determining these differences. MiSoC researcher Professor Sonia Bhalotra investigates the importance of subjective expectations of returns to and effort costs of the two main investments that mothers make in newborns: breastfeeding and stimulation

Do migrants undercut the job quality of natives?
Job quality migrants

MiSoC researcher Dr Neli Demireva, together with Dr Wouter Zwysen, investigate the employment outcomes and types of jobs migrants, ethnic minorities and white British majority members do

Political and ethnic identity
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MiSoC’s Dr Alita Nandi and Professor Lucinda Platt (LSE) investigate the relationship between people’s political and ethnic identities across different majority / minority ethnicities

The impact of Brexit on the EU migrants in UK Higher Education
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MiSoC’s Dr Renee Luthra describes her new research into how Brexit was experienced by highly skilled migrants in the UK higher education sector, a sector reliant on EU migration, and the ways that employment in higher education buffered staff against its impact

Subjective Expectations: Measurement and analysis of decision-making under uncertainty
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An insight into pioneering work by MiSoC’s Adeline Delavande on the measurement of subjective expectations. She pushes forward the agenda of asking decision-makers directly about their subjective expectations, and, with collaborators, has pioneered the elicitation of subjective expectations in developing countries.

What does the decrease in child mortality really mean?
Child mortality

In a short video for VoxDev, Professor Sonia Bhalotra discusses her research on how a decline in child mortality influences women’s choices of labour market participation, marriage, and fertility.

Family fortunes – and how they persist over generations

ISER’S Dr Min Zhang and Professor Yaojun Li of the Cathie March Institute for Social Research at the University of Manchester explore what impact grandparents’ social class has on their grandchildren’s opportunities, from childhood through to later life

How renting could affect your health
Rental uk

Writing for The Conversation, Amy Clair and Amanda Hughes explain their findings on the link between people’s housing situation and levels in their blood of C-reactive protein (CRP), a marker associated with stress and infection.

Are female legislators good for economic growth?
Voting india

There has been a phenomenal global increase in the proportion of women in politics in the last two decades, but there is no evidence of how this influences economic performance. In a blog for the International Growth Centre, Professor Sonia Bhalotra and co-authors investigate this using data on competitive elections to India’s state legislative assemblies.

How leader identity impacts group coordination
India crowd

In principle, leaders can facilitate group coordination towards a common goal but in diverse societies, their effectiveness may depend upon their social identity, and how citizens react to leader identity. Sonia Bhalotra and co-authors Irma Clots-Figueras (Madrid), Lakshmi Iyer (Notre Dame) and Joseph Vecci (Gothenburg) investigate in a blog for Ideas for India.

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