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  • David Bann Research Officer
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    David Bann
    David Bann
    Research Officer
    Room number:
    301
    Tel:
    020 7911 5426
    Email:
    david.bann@ucl.ac.uk

    David's research interests include socio-economic inequalities in health and function, and the causes and consequences of obesity and physical activity levels.

    David is a ‘life course’ and ‘social’ epidemiologist who uses longitudinal studies, particularly birth cohort studies. The ultimate aim of this work is to provide evidence which can be used to improve population health and its equity across life.

  • Matthew Brown Survey Manager (NCDS/BCS70)
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    Matthew Brown
    Survey Manager (NCDS/BCS70)
    Room number:
    102
    Tel:
    020 7911 5325
    Email:
    matt.brown@ucl.ac.uk

    Matt joined CLS as the survey manager for the National Child Development Study (NCDS) and the British Cohort Study (BCS70) in June 2007. Matt's responsibilities include questionnaire development, fieldwork monitoring and liaison with survey contractors.

    Matt was previously employed as a Senior Research Executive at BMRB Social Research and was responsible for the day-to-day management of many projects including the Scottish Crime and Victimisation Survey for the Scottish Executive.

    Matt has an MSc in Social Research Methods and a BA in Geography.

  • John Bynner Emeritus Professor
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    John Bynner
    John Bynner
    Emeritus Professor
    Room number:
    301
    Tel:
    020 7612 6901
    Email:
    j.bynner@ucl.ac.uk

    John is currently an Emeritus Professor of Social Sciences in Education.  Prior to this, he was Director of the Centre for Longitudinal Studies from 1998-2003, leading the Centre’s work on the National Child Development Study (NCDS) and the 1970 British Cohort Study (BCS70).

    Previous posts in the Institute of Education include Director of the Bedford Group for Lifecourse and Statistical Studies; Executive Director of the Centre for Research on the Wider Benefits of Learning, and first Director of the National Research and Development Centre for Adult Literacy and Numeracy (NRDC).

    Prior to joining the Institute his posts included: Dean of the School of Education at the Open University; and Director of the Social Statistics Research Unit at City University. John was also national co-ordinator of the “ESRC 16-19 Initiative” (1985-1991), which included a comparative study of transition to work in England and Germany, funded by the Anglo-German Foundation.  He was a member of the ‘Moser Committee’ on Adult Basic Skills and of the Social Exclusion Unit Policy Action Team on Disaffected Youth. 

    Research interests include: basic skills, economic and political socialisation, social exclusion and comparative and longitudinal research.

  • Lisa Calderwood Principal Investigator of Next Steps and Senior Survey Manager
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    Lisa Calderwood (May 2012)
    Lisa Calderwood
    Principal Investigator of Next Steps and Senior Survey Manager
    Room number:
    102
    Tel:
    020 7911 5510
    Email:
    l.calderwood@ucl.ac.uk

    Lisa is Principal Investigator of Next Steps, formerly known as the Longitudinal Study of Young People in England (LSYPE). Lisa is also the Senior Survey Manager for CLS, and is responsible for leading the survey management and cohort maintenance teams on the Millennium Cohort Study, the 1970 British Cohort Study and the 1958 British Cohort Study (National Child Development Study).

    Lisa has extensive experience and expertise in all aspects of survey design and is able to offer consultancy in this area. Her research interests are in survey methodology, particularly in relation to longitudinal survey design and implementation. She has also recently sucessfully completed a PhD.

    Details of Lisa's research activities can be found on the Institute of Education website.

  • Gabriella Conti Co-Investigator of NCDS
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    Gabriella Conti
    Co-Investigator of NCDS
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    gabriella.conti@ucl.ac.uk

  • Shirley Dex Emeritus Professor
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    Shirley Dex
    Shirley Dex
    Emeritus Professor
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    s.dex@ucl.ac.uk

    Shirley Dex is now Emeritus Professor of Longitudinal Social Research in Education.

    She joined the Institute of Education in 2002. Previously, she has held posts at the Judge Business School (University of Cambridge), the Institute for Social and Economic Research (ISER) (University of Essex), and the Economics Department at the University of Keele. She also acted as an advisor to the Joseph Rowntree Foundation’s Work and Family Life Programme from 1998 to 2004.

    She has published, authored and edited books on the Millennium Cohort Study, and papers on analyses of women’s employment using NCDS data.  She has also published many articles on flexible working, cross national comparisons of women’s employment, labour market behaviour, household employment, flexible working arrangements in organizations, equal opportunities, work and care, family policy and research methods. Much of her research work has involved the analyses of longitudinal data. She has successfully carried out research and consultancy for government departments, voluntary bodies, international agencies, EU commissions, equality commissions, the ESRC, charities, research foundations and a range of private UK organizations.

    Shirley is continuing to work at the Institute of Education in the Department for Education-funded Childhood Wellbeing Research Centre, as well as being involved in research in the Centre for Longitudinal Studies, primarily on research methods. She is also on a government Taskforce, led by ONS, to devise measures of  subjective wellbeing for children and young people.

    Details of Shirley's publications can be found on the IoE website (link).

  • Brian Dodgeon Research Fellow
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    Brian Dodgeon
    Brian Dodgeon
    Research Fellow
    Room number:
    301
    Tel:
    0207 612 6877
    Email:
    b.dodgeon@ucl.ac.uk

    Brian joined CLS in 1990 as a Research Fellow within the ONS Longitudinal Study academic interface. In 2001 he moved to the Birth Cohort Studies User Support team, specialising in the NCDS and BCS70 cohorts.

    Brian has a degree in Pure Mathematics and post-graduate qualifications in Social Administration and Applied Social Studies from Bristol University.

    His research has focused on changing socio-economic indicators, protective factors against cognitive decline, social capital and educational qualifications, physical activity, alcohol use and urban/rural migration.

    Details of Brian's research activites and publications can be found on the IoE Website.

  • Emla Fitzsimons Professor of Economics and Director of the Millennium Cohort Study
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    Emla Fitzsimons
    Professor of Economics and Director of the Millennium Cohort Study
    Room number:
    209
    Tel:
    0207 331 5129
    Email:
    E.Fitzsimons@ucl.ac.uk

    Emla joined CLS as Director of the Millennium Cohort Study in October 2013. Prior to joining the Institute of Education, she worked at the Institute for Fiscal Studies, where she directed the Centre for the Evaluation of Development Policy. Emla’s research is focused on human capital investment from early childhood through adolescence.

    Her work on early childhood aims at understanding how early experiences and parental investments affect longer-term outcomes. For instance, she is using the Millennium Cohort Study to understand the impacts of breastfeeding on outcomes later on in childhood. She led a project in Colombia that implemented and evaluated a home visiting programme, with the aim of surveying the children through time and understanding the longer term effects of the programme.

    Emla has extensive research analysing how policies affect young people’s schooling and labour market choices – including programmes in the UK and Colombia providing subsidies to stay on in post-compulsory schooling, and the system of higher education finance in the UK.

  • Ludovica Gambaro Marie Sklodowska-Curie Fellow, DIW Berlin
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    Ludovica Gambaro
    Marie Sklodowska-Curie Fellow, DIW Berlin
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    L.Gambaro@ucl.ac.uk

    Ludovica worked in CLS from 2013 to 2016, mainly on the Millennium Cohort Study and she continues to collaborate with researchers in CLS. Her main areas of interest are inequalities in child development, early childhood education and care services, residential mobility. 

  • Emily Gilbert Survey Manager
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    Emily Gilbert
    Survey Manager
    Room number:
    101
    Tel:
    5469
    Email:
    emily.gilbert@ucl.ac.uk

    Emily joined CLS in October 2013 as a Survey Manager, working primarily on the Millennium Cohort Study. Her responsibilities include various aspects of survey design, development, and monitoring.

    Emily's research interests relate to survey methodology, particularly issues concerning attitude measurement and data quality. She holds an MA in Longitudinal Social Research, and has recently sucessfully completed a PhD in Survey Methodology.

  • Alissa Goodman Director of CLS, Professor of Economics and PI of NCDS
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    Alissa Goodman
    Alissa Goodman
    Director of CLS, Professor of Economics and PI of NCDS
    Room number:
    G15
    Tel:
    020 7612 6231
    Email:
    alissa.goodman@ucl.ac.uk

    Alissa is Director of CLS and Principal Investigator of the 1958 National Child Development Study (NCDS). She leads the team responsible for developing the study's content, design and analysis.

    Alissa is an economist whose main research interests relate to inequality, poverty, education policy, and the intergenerational transmission of health and well-being.  In her previous employment, she served as deputy director of the Institute for Fiscal Studies.

  • Lucy Haselden Survey Manager
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    Lucy Haselden
    Survey Manager
    Room number:
    101
    Tel:
    020 7612 6042
    Email:
    l.garcez@ucl.ac.uk

  • Morag Henderson Senior Lecturer and Co-Investigator for Next Steps
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    Morag Henderson
    Senior Lecturer and Co-Investigator for Next Steps
    Room number:
    214
    Tel:
    020 7911 5566
    Email:
    morag.henderson@ucl.ac.uk

    She joined CLS in November 2014 as Co-Investigator and Senior Research Officer for Next Steps (previously Longitudinal Study of Young People in England).

    Morag's main research interest is to explain educational inequality.  In particular, she is interested in possible explanations which include parenting practices, the exposure to multiple adversities and the effect of particular interventions such as Educational Welfare Officers and Social Workers on young people’s life outcomes.  She is a quantitative sociologist and uses secondary datasets such as Next Stepsto conduct her analysis.

  • Heather Joshi Emeritus Professor, Economic and Developmental Demography
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    Heather Joshi
    Heather Joshi
    Emeritus Professor, Economic and Developmental Demography
    Room number:
    G14
    Tel:
    020 7612 6874
    Email:
    heather.joshi@ioe.ac.uk

    Heather is an Emeritus Professor of Economic and Developmental Demography at the Centre for Longitudinal Studies. She was previously the Director of the Centre for Longitudinal Studies from 2003 to 2010, and its Deputy Director from 1994. She was PI and Director of the UK Millennium Cohort Study from 2000 - 2011. In 2016, she is providing senior support to Dr Morag Henderson, the Acting Principal Investigator of the Millennium Cohort Study.

    Heather is an economic demographer who has used a number of longitudinal datasets including the ONS LS. Her research has been mainly concerned with the family, the labour market, gender, child development, but also includes spatial issues. She is currently involved in several research projects using cohort study data, concerning residential mobility, children’s mental health, and their abilities, cognitive and other.

    Heather was Co-Chair of the European Child Cohort Network fostering international collaboration and comparison between cohort studies and the founder President of the Society for Longitudinal and Lifecourse Studies. Heather is a Fellow of the British Academy, was awarded an OBE in 2002 for services to Women’s Studies, and a CBE in 2015 for services to Longitudinal and Women’s studies.

    Details of Heather's research activities and publications can be found on the IoE website.

  • Vanessa Moulton Research Associate
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    Vanessa Moulton
    Research Associate
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    vanessa.moulton@ucl.ac.uk

    Vanessa is currently working on the initial findings for the most recent age 14 sweep of the Millennium Cohort Study. She also works on the CLS Cross-Cohort Research Program (CCRP) investigating social mobility, focusing on parental wealth on children’s development and school curriculum on educational transitions. In addition, Vanessa co-coordinates the CLS cohort workshops and webinars.

    Her research interests include using longitudinal and secondary data analysis to examine early life course on children’s and adult mental health, educational and socio-economic outcomes.

  • Martina Narayanan Research Associate
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    Martina Narayanan
    Research Associate
    Room number:
    303
    Tel:
    +44 (0)20 7612 6646
    Email:
    m.narayanan@ucl.ac.uk

    I have a PhD in psychology from the University of Oslo. During my post-doctoral period I worked with a Norwegian longitudinal population study examining the socio-emotional development in childhood. My main research interests lie within mental health and wellbeing as well as analysing large longitudinal data sets to model developmental processes over the life course. I am now a Research Associate at CLS where I will be involved in many different activities, amongst others the ‘What Works for Wellbeing’ project.

  • Samantha Parsons Research Officer
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    Samantha Parsons
    Samantha Parsons
    Research Officer
    Room number:
    301
    Tel:
    020 7612 6882
    Email:
    sam.parsons@ucl.ac.uk

    My primary research interests are the antecedents and consequences of poor basic skills in adult life, which have resulted in a number of publications with Professor John Bynner. I am a member of both CLS and NRDC.

    Much of my research experience has involved working with the 1958 National Child Development Study (NCDS) and the 1970 British Cohort Study (BCS70). I have recently been working on all stages of development of the latest 2004/5 surveys of both cohorts, which includes new literacy and numeracy assessments and exercises to capture symptoms associated with dyslexia. I am currently working on a DfES funded project ‘Illuminating Disadvantage’ which examines the life histories of the men and women assessed with Entry Level 2 literacy and numeracy skills. I am also working on an ESRC Research and Development Initiative project which will provide longitudinal teaching datasets based on the British Cohort Studies and accompanying teaching documentation for use by lecturers on undergraduate / postgraduate courses.

    For details of my research activities and publications, please see the IoE website (link).

  • Praveetha Patalay Research Associate
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    Praveetha Patalay
    Research Associate
    Room number:
    303
    Tel:
    020 7 612 6051
    Email:
    praveetha.patalay.11@ucl.ac.uk

    Praveetha's research interests primarily fall in the area of child development and epidemiology with a focus on children's mental health - its prevalence, risk factors, consequences, developmental pathways and how we can best support young people. Her research to-date includes investigating measurement of mental health, developmental trajectories of mental health symptoms in children and adolescents, risk and protective factors, and school-based mental health and mental health literacy interventions. She enjoys working with large datasets and using advanced methodological approaches.

  • George Ploubidis Professor of Population Health and Statistics, Research Director & Chief Statistician
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    George Ploubidis
    George Ploubidis
    Professor of Population Health and Statistics, Research Director & Chief Statistician
    Room number:
    307
    Tel:
    6107
    Email:
    g.ploubidis@ucl.ac.uk

    George is Professor of Population Health and Statistics at the Department of Social Science and currently holds the posts of Director of Research and Chief Statistician at the Centre for Longitudinal Studies. Prior to joining UCL he held posts at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and the University of Cambridge.

    George is a multidisciplinary Quantitative Social Scientist with a primary interest in socio-economic, demographic and macrosocial/structural determinants of population health and the mechanisms that link these over the life course. He leads the Applied Statistical Methods programme at the Centre for Longitudinal Studies and is PI on the ESRC funded Cross-Cohort Research Programme,investigating determinants of healthy behaviours and lifestyles and the intergenerational transmission of economic status over the life course.


    George's research areas include; Lifelong health, Mental health, Secular trends and population health change, Joint progress of health and mortality, Health inequalities, and Health measurement in population surveys
  • Benedetta Pongiglione Research Associate
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    Benedetta Pongiglione
    Research Associate
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    0207 911 5312
    Email:
    b.pongiglione@ucl.ac.uk

    Benedetta has a PhD in epidemiology and population health from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Her research interests include socio-economic inequalities in health, and inequalities in trajectories of healthy ageing.

    Benedetta joined CLS as a research associate to undertake methodological research on the different British cohort studies and investigate the determinants of healthy behaviours and lifestyles, and the intergenerational transmission of social capital and economic status.