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Social Statistics

Anyone can make a theory or a claim about anything but the important thing is can you provide real world evidence to back up and support that claim and that really is where Statistics comes into its element

Research in Social Statistics is concerned with the development of statistical methods that can be used across the social sciences. Statisticians play an essential role in all aspects of social inquiry, including: study design; measurement; data linkage; development of statistical models that account for the complex structure of social data; model selection and assessment.

Members of the Social Statistics group have interest in statistical methods in each of these areas and regularly collaborate with social scientists whose questions motivate new lines of methodological research. We have experience in a range of social science disciplines, including demography, education, epidemiology, psychology and sociology, and psychology.

We have a new MSc Statistics (Social Statistics) degree starting in 2017/18 which aims to provide high-level training in the theory and application of modern statistical methods, with a focus on methods commonly used in the social sciences. You will gain insights into the design and analysis of social science studies, including large and complex datasets, study the latest developments in statistics, and learn how to apply advanced methods to investigate social science questions. 

The programme will prepare graduates for work within the public sector, market research organisations and survey research organisations, or for further study.  There is a high demand for graduates with training in advanced statistical methods and an interest in social science applications.

See our MSc Statistics (Social Statistics) details page for more information. 

Academic staff

Wicher Bergsma - Associate Professor

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Sara Geneletti - Lecturer in Statistics

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Kostas Kalogeropoulos - Associate Professor

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Jouni Kuha - Associate Professor

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Irini Moustaki - Professor

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Chris Skinner - Professor

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Fiona Steele - Professor

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Research staff

Dr Myrsini Katsikatsou - Research Fellow

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Research students

Haziq Jamil

Research group: Social Statistics
Research topic/title: Regression modelling with I-priors
Further information: Personal homepage
Contact details: h.jamil@lse.ac.uk, Room COL 2.0
Supervisor(s): Dr Wicher Bergsma / Professor Irini Moustaki 


Tayfun Terzi

Research group: Social Statistics
Research topic/title: Detecting semi-plausible response patterns (SpRPs)
Further information: Personal homepage
Contact details: t.terzi@lse.ac.uk, Room COL 2.0
Supervisor(s): Professor Chris Skinner / Dr Jouni Kuha 


Yajing Zhu

Research group: Social Statistics
Research topic/title: Structural equation models for longitudinal analysis of the relationships between childhood circumstances, partnership and employment histories, and health in mid-life
Contact details: y.zhu18@lse.ac.uk, Room TW1 U.11
Supervisor(s): Professor Fiona Steele / Professor Irini Moustaki