research projects

Research Projects

Current Research Projects and Initiatives that our researchers are involved in include those listed in alphabetical order below:


research project-CEP

ACTive citizenship to enhance pupils' social and civil competencies

Professor Anne West and colleagues in CEP are working on a European (Erasmus) project which aims to find out if and how active citizenship projects lead to increased democratic engagement, improved civic skills, and development of common values in young people. Find out more.


civic participation in China

Civic participation in the People’s Republic of China

This project involves a longitudinal, large N cross-national survey of citizens in China that is designed to better understand how growing volunteerism shapes, and is shaped by, notions of citizenship and class in the country. It is timed to also explore the effect of China's new Social Credit score system on this behaviour. In this project
Dr Timothy Hildebrandt is collaborating with some of the world’s top scholars of Chinese NGOs, including Reza Hasmath (Alberta), Carolyn Hsu (Colgate), Jennifer Hsu (UNSW), and Jessica Teets (Middlebury). Find out more.


gypsy and traveller experiences

Gypsy and Traveller Experiences of Crime and Justice Since the 1960s: A Mixed Methods Study

The aim of this multi-disciplinary, mixed methods study led by
Professor Coretta Phillips is to provide the first systematic, comprehensive and historically grounded account of the crime and criminal justice experiences of Gypsies and Travellers in in two urban and two rural areas of England since the 1960s. Find out more.


larger families

How UK welfare reform affects larger families

This project examines how the risk of poverty for larger families has changed as a result of recent benefit reforms, and the effect of these changes on family decision-making and well-being. Dr Ruth Patrick, Dr Aaron Reeves and Dr Kitty Stewart are the lead researchers. Find out more.



Inequalities in the twenty-first century: the IFS Deaton Review

This study from The Institute for Fiscal Studies will span five years and look at inequalities in areas such as income, wealth, health, social mobility and political participation.

The review will be led by an interdisciplinary panel chaired by Nobel Laureate Sir Angus Deaton and is comprised of world leaders in economics, sociology, demography, philosophy, political science and epidemiology, with Professor Lucinda Platt on the expert panel.
Find out more.


research project intra household allocation

Intra-household allocation of resources: implications for poverty, deprivation and inequality in the EU

This project, led by Dr Tania Burchardt uses micro-data from the European Union Statistics on Incomes and Living Conditions (EU-SILC) to examine the sensitivity of poverty, deprivation and inequality estimates across European countries to different assumptions about the intra-household sharing of resources in complex households, and to identify the groups of people for whom intra-household inequality may have the largest impact.
Find out more.


LSE Housing and Communities

LSE Housing and Communities

LSE Housing and Communities is a research unit within the Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion (CASE) at the London School of Economics led by Professor Anne Power. LSE Housing and Communities explores the effects of poverty and social disadvantage, particularly from a neighbourhood and community perspective. Find out more about their current research here.



Public opinion and sexual health policymaking

Dr Timothy Hildebrandt, with collaborators Leticia Bode (Georgetown University) and Jessica Ng ( PhD student at LSE), are examining how the general public in Britain views PrEP, an anti-HIV drug that is highly efficacious, but relatively unknown, expensive, and sometimes controversial. Find out more.


social policies and distributional outcomes

Social policies and distributional outcomes in a changing Britain

This research programme is being undertaken by a team of social policy and inequality experts to provide an authoritative, independent, rigorous and in-depth evidence base on social policies and distributional outcomes in 21st century Britain. Find out more.



understanding society

Understanding Society

Professor Lucinda Platt is co-investigator for this UK Household Longitudinal Study, the largest longitudinal study of its kind and provides crucial information for researchers and policymakers on the changes and stability of people's lives in the UK.
Find out more.




Archive of projects


Educational and occupational aspirations

Educational and occupational aspirations: influences and outcomes

This project, led by Professor Lucinda Platt investigated the role of aspirations on social reproduction and social mobility across the divides of gender, ethnicity, disability and social class. The project was part of the Centre for Longitudinal Studies (CLS) Cross Cohort Research Programme, which was funded by the Economic and Social Research Council. Find out more.


Archive of research reports

Academy building

Academies, the School System in England and a Vision for the Future

Authors: Professor Anne West and Dr David Wolfe QC 

This report outlines the way in which a policy introduced by the Labour Government in the early 2000s and expanded by the Conservative-Liberal Democrat Coalition from 2010 to give individual schools freedom has in fact resulted in over 70% of those schools having less freedom than they had before.

Read more here


PHE of England Report

Children's Wellbeing and Development Outcomes for Ages 5, 7, and 11,  and their Predictors

Authors: Dr Mireia Borrell-Porta, Dr Kerris Cooper,  Dr Joan Costa-Font, Dr Chiara Orsini, Dr Berkay Ozcan, Professor Lucinda Platt 

This report sheds light on those factors associated with child outcomes across multiple domains of their lives: health, cognition and education, behaviour and social relationships. 

Read more here


The cultural origin of saving

The cultural origin of saving behaviour

Authors: Dr Joan Costa-Font, Dr Paola Giuliano, Dr Berkay Ozcan

This report re-examines the hypothesis that culture matters for saving behavior, by looking at the saving behavior of three generations of immigrants in the United Kingdom and using data from the Understanding Society Survey, the largest UK household longitudinal survey.

Read more here