Possible topics for PhD research

Examples of possible topics for PhD research within CLS include the following. The list is not intended to be exhaustive and we welcome research proposals in other areas:

  • political cynicism, voting behaviour and social participation
  • consequences of family break-up for children and young people
  • division of labour between mothers and fathers and child development
  • neighbourhood as cause and consequence of family poverty
  • international comparisons of longitudinal evidence on childcare/pre-school and their outcomes, or on links between poverty and child health/behaviour/education
  • children's peer networks, their determinants and consequences
  • inter-ethnic partnerships and children's outcomes
  • differences in graduate labour market outcomes by degree subject, institution and student characteristics
  • the impact of higher fees on university applications from students from poor backgrounds
  • school motivation and engagement and its impact on future careers and well being
  • the links between ethnicity, language, social circumstance, pupil mobility and attainment
  • pathways to health and happiness in early old age
  • the transition from school to work in a changing socio-historical context
  • young people’s aspirations and outlook to the future
  • multilevel modelling, structural equation modelling, sequence analysis, attitude
  • measurement, sample design and imputation
  • dependent interviewing and seam effects in the collection of event history data using recall methods
  • managers - who are they and where do they come from
  • social networks of parents and children across ethnic groups: patterns and implications.