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Prof Cristina Iannelli

Personal Chair of Education and Social Stratification

Biography

Cristina Iannelli is Professor of Education and Social Stratification and Co-Director of the Applied Quantitative Methods Network (AQMeN) Centre in Scotland (www.aqmen.ac.uk). Within the Centre she is also leader of the 'Education and Social Stratification' research strand. One of the main aims of this strand is to examine the role of institutional differentiation of curriculum and status in reproducing social inequalities in education and the labour market.

Cristina has extensive research experience as leader and co-investigator of several national and international research projects. After the award of her PhD at the European University Institute (Florence), she worked as Research Fellow at the Centre for Educational Sociology in the University of Edinburgh. During this period she was involved in two major European projects, A Comparative Analysis of Education to Work Transitions in Europe (CATEWE) and Evaluation and Analysis of the Labour Forces Survey 2000 Ad Hoc Module on School-To-Work Transitions in Europe.

She was the principal investigator of the ESRC project Education and Social Mobility in Scotland in the 20th Century which provided an up-to-date picture of social mobility patterns in Scotland. After this study she was awarded a three-year ESRC Research Fellowship on The Role of Educational Structure and Content in the Process of Social Mobility.

She was successfully involved in the creation of a Scotland-wide Advanced Quantitative Methods Network (AQMeN) (funded by the ESRC and the Scottish Funding Council) which aimed to boost capacity in quantitative methods in Scotland.  Since January 2013 AQMeN has become an ESRC-funded research centre.

She is involved in a further two major initiatives, Edinburgh Q-Step and the Administrative Data Research Centre in Scotland.

Current Research Interests

  • Social stratification in education and the labour market
  • Social mobility
  • Youth transitions
  • Cross-country comparative analyses
  • Quantitative data analysis

Research Supervision

I am keen to supervise research under the headings above.

Current PhD students

  • Dulce Carolina Mendoza (2011-2016) ‘Analysing educational transitions in upper secondary and higher education in Mexico. An empirical application of the capability approach and sociological perspectives on inequalities in education’

  • Stephanie DeMarco (2012-2016) ‘Incremental social class inequalities in education: Differences in language and teaching practices in five Massachusetts high schools’

  • Dafni Dima (2013-2017) ‘Labour market transitions before and during the Great recession in Europe’

  • Alice Dias Lopes (2013-2017) ‘International Mobility in Higher Education: understanding the dynamics of inequality and social stratification in the Brazilian educational system’

  • Takuya Numajiri (2015-2018) ‘What matters for improving basic school mathematics education in St. Lucia?’

  • Carla Cebula (2015-2018) ‘The Effects of Family Economic, Social and Cultural Capital and Neighbourhood on Educational Outcomes’

  • Lucy Hunter-Blackburn (2016-2019) ‘Factors affecting the distribution of student borrowing in Scotland: from universal entitlements to unequal outcomes’

Past PhD students

  • Susan Whittaker (completed) ‘Higher education students crossing internal UK borders: Student and country differences and their contribution to higher education inequalities’

  • Gitit Satat-Kadar (completed): 'Participation in Out-of-School Activities and the Socio-Economic Gap in Children's Academic Outcomes'

  • Morag Treanor (2009-2011, completed): 'Exploring children's outcomes at the transition to primary school of children experiencing persistent poverty in Scotland'

  • Alaba Agbatogun (completed): 'Comparative effects of interactive mobiles and communicative approach on the learning outcomes of the educationally disadvantaged Nigerian pupils in ESL classrooms'

Collaborative Activity

  • 2015-2016: Beyond Access to Higher Education (Principal Investigator) (Scottish Funding Council)
  • 2013-2017: Applied Quantitative Methods Network - Phase II (co-investigator) (ESRC)
  • 2009-2012: Applied Quantitative Methods Network (co-investigator) (ESRC)
  • 2005-2008: The Role of Educational Structure and Content in the Process of Social Mobility (ESRC Research Fellowship)
  • 2005: Intragenerational Social Mobility  in Great Britain (University of Edinburgh Development Trust Research Fund) 
  • 2003-2005: Education and Youth Transitions in England, Wales and Scotland 1984-2002 (ESRC)
  • 2002-2005: Education and Social Mobility in Scotland in the 20th Century (Principal Investigator) (ESRC)
  • 2002: Special Study of the Labour Market Outcomes of Low-Achievers and Early School-Leavers Based on the Longitudinal Data from the Scottish School Leavers' Survey (Scottish Executive)
  • 2001-2002: Evaluation and Analysis of the LFS 2000 Ad Hoc Module on School-to-Work Transitions in Europe (LFS) (Eurostat)
  • 2001: Evaluation of Fast Trac (Scottish Executive)
  • 1998-2001: A Comparative Analysis of Education to Work Transitions in Europe (Catewe) (EU TSER)

Research activities & awards

  1. AQMeN International Conference

    Activity: Participation in conference, seminar or training courseParticipation in conference

  2. Growing Up in Ireland research conference

    Activity: Participation in conference, seminar or training courseParticipation in conference

  3. Citation of AQMeN research in Scottish Government Commissioner for Fair Access Annual Report 2017

    Activity: External academic engagementContribution to the work of national or international committees and working groups

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