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Our Research

MiSoC’s research programme covers four main areas. Cutting across all four is a programme of methodological research.

Children, education and families

The returns to social skills in the labour market and the implications for employment and wage distribution, how young people acquire skills, and the role of the family in influencing gender differences in behaviours and outcomes

Contact: Professor Emilia Del Bono

Changing family life-courses and inequalities

Why families are changing, how family relations are being shaped by changing housing and labour markets, and the implications for inequalities in living standards and wellbeing

Contact: Professor Susan Harkness

Changing populations: ethnicity and migration

How new migrants are integrated into society, the persistence of social and ethnic inequalities in education and the labour market, intergenerational mobility in an increasingly diverse society, using transnational data sources and innovative statistical techniques to allow comparisons across borders

Contact: Dr Renee Luthra

Inequality, the labour market and welfare policy

How individuals and families are affected by and react to new demands in the labour market, how well they are protected by the welfare state, and how to reduce inequalities

Contact: Professor Mike Brewer

Methodological research

Machine learning for causal analysis, Big Data and genealogy, and innovation in measurement

Contact: Professor Paul Clarke

MiSoC also coordinates a research network on preference and expectation formation. Read more here.

A full list of all ISER’s research

Read MiSoC’s themed Explainers