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Inequalities in education and society: the home, the school and the power of reading

This blog is based on Professor Alice Sullivan’s inaugural professorial lecture, presented at the UCL Institute of Education on 18 June 2019 Much of my work concerns the way that advantage and disadvantage are passed down from one generation to

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Posted in Childhood & early education, Evidence-based policy, Language and literacy

Do people change their political ideology when they lose their job? If anything, they move to the left

Dingeman Wiertz and Toni Rodon. What happens to citizens’ political preferences when they are confronted with economic hardship? This longstanding question has recently attracted renewed attention in the wake of the Great Recession. Nonetheless, many matters remain unresolved. For example, which

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Posted in Employment and skills, Social sciences and social policy

How well-off and healthy were my parents when I was little? Am I a hard-working high flier, or an advantaged one?

Gabriella Melis and Ingrid Schoon. Our research looked at how inequalities amongst families in the 1970s in England have been passed on onto their offspring when they were adults themselves. We call the parent’s generation G1, and the offspring generation,

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Posted in Research matters, Social sciences and social policy

Mothers are not to blame for our childhood obesity crisis

Emla Fitzsimons.  The number of obese children and teenagers across the world has increased tenfold over the past four decades and it is estimated that about one in four 14-year-olds in the UK is either overweight or obese. It is

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Posted in Social sciences and social policy, young people

Social media and screen-time: To ban or not to ban – that’s probably not the question

Rob Davies, CLOSER. Informed by evidence from academics, royal societies, health officials, social media companies, young people, teachers, government ministers, research funders and more, the Science and Technology Committee report on the impact of social media and screen-use on young

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Posted in Social sciences and social policy, young people
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