Professor Lucinda Platt

Professor Lucinda Platt

Professor of Social Policy and Sociology

Department of Social Policy

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Key Expertise
Migration, Ethnicity, Inequality, Social mobility, Child development

About me

Lucinda Platt is Professor of Social Policy and Sociology in the Department of Social Policy at the London School of Economics and Political Science. She joined the Department in 2013 from UCL Institute of Education, where she was Director of the Millennium Cohort Study. Lucinda enjoys teaching on topics relating to migration, ethnicity, disability, and income, poverty and social mobility at undergraduate and MSc level; and she supervises many PhD students in these areas.

Lucinda’s research focuses on the analysis of inequality within and between social groups, in the UK and internationally; and she is currently a panel member for the IFS Deaton Inequality Review. As part of her work for the Deaton Review, she recently co-authored a study investigating ethnic inequalities in vulnerability to COVID-19. She also works on identity and inter-group relations, child poverty and child development, and the methodology and history of social surveys.

Lucinda's research has been published 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 on topics including poverty, educational inequalities, health, and ethnic income inequalities. A new and expanded edition of her book, Understanding Inequalities: Stratification and Difference, was 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 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 was awarded an OBE in the 2020 New Year's Honours.


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; Gendered educational and economic inequalities; Social mobility; Social identities.

Expertise Details

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