Professor Lucinda Platt

Professor Lucinda Platt

Professor of Social Policy and Sociology

Department of Social Policy

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Lucinda Platt is Professor of Social Policy and Sociology in the Department of Social Policy at the London School of Economics and Political Science. 

Lucinda’s research and teaching focuses on inequalities, broadly defined. A quantitative sociologist, her work addresses inequalities relating to ethnicity and migration, gender and disability. She also works on identity, child poverty and the methodology and history of social surveys.

Lucinda publishes on these topics in major sociology journals (e.g. Social Forces, Sociology, European Sociological Review, British Journal of Sociology), as well as journals in the fields of ethnicity and migration (e.g. Ethnic and Racial Studies, International Migration Review), survey methodology (e.g. Survey Research Methods), economics (e.g. Oxford Economic Papers), and social policy (e.g. Journal of Social Policy). She has also published numerous book chapters on poverty, social mobility and inequality, as well as reports commissioned by government departments. A new and expanded edition of her book, Understanding Inequalities: Stratification and Difference, will be published by Polity in 2019.

Lucinda has been principal or co-investigator on research projects funded by the ESRC, Norface, European Commission, various UK government departments, the Nuffield Foundation, and the Joseph Rowntree Foundation. She is currently co-investigator on Understanding Society, the UK Household Longitudinal Study, leading on ethnicity and immigration for the study.

Lucinda previously worked at UCL Institute of Education, where she was Director and PI of the Millennium Cohort Study. She is Visiting Professor at UCL, Research Associate at the Institute for Social and Economic Research, University of Essex and Fellow of the Centre for Research and Analysis of Migration (CReAM). Lucinda is Fellow of the European Academy of Sociology. She also carries out numerous advisory roles for research councils in the UK and Europe. 


Further resources

Lucinda’s web page provides more information on her research and publications. It gives information on and links to the various research projects she has been involved in.

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Lucinda supervises doctoral studies in areas including:
International Migration; Immigrant integration and citizenship; Ethnicity and inequality; Disability; Child development and child outcomes; Gender and economic inequality; Social mobility; Social identities.

Expertise Details

Migration; Ethnicity; Poverty; Inequality; Social mobility; Disability; Child wellbeing; Gender; Identity; Longitudinal research