MiSoC research is both substantive, addressing important social issues, and methodological, contributing to the development of research methods and the building of research capacity. It is based primarily on household- and individual-level survey data and aims to take a dynamic, longitudinal view rather than a static cross-section view; and to allow for the inter-relatedness of different aspects of social change, and the endogeneity and selection effects that are typical of social research problems.
Our research aims to benefit a wide range of organisations involved in policy debates, policy design and practice, in a range of domains, located in the UK and other countries, and provide evidence informing key policy choices across the range of research areas in which our world-leading experts specialise. We have grouped these into five main Research Areas:
Acquisition of skills during school and higher education, the productivity of skills in the labour market, a specific focus on social and emotional development and mental health
The role of parents in early child development, the emergence of gender differences, ageing, caring, and the intergenerational transmission of social behaviour
Ethnic inequalities in education and the labour market, intergenerational mobility, use of transnational data sources to allow comparisons across borders
Family relations and gender roles, changing housing and labour markets, inequalities in living standards and wellbeing