About the Project
This project will construct a dataset that links a cohort of individuals (now aged 35/36) who were educated within any school (state or private) within two Scottish local authorities, irrespective of their current location. This dataset will be constructed through an innovative snowball sampling technique that takes advantage of how people use social media. This approach will gather data which can be analysed to compare people from the same areas, looking at how their social background, educational qualifications and the specific institutions that they attended are associated with their occupational attainment in adulthood. The doctoral student will both collect this data and analyse it using a range of techniques including multi-level modelling and social network analysis. The project is best suited to a student with previous training in sociology or cognate fields, and in social science research methods. Further training on relevant aspects of data preparation and analysis will be available within the PhD programme.
This project will enable us to understand more of the processes involved in social mobility, such as the privileges that those from advantaged schools may enjoy across the life-course. It will be particularly innovative in exploring how processes and experiences associated with the specific school that a person attended might influence occupational attainment long after the completion of school-age education.
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Gamsu, S. (2018). The ‘other ’London effect: the diversification of London's suburban grammar schools and the rise of hyper‐selective elite state schools. British journal of sociology, 69(4), pp.1155-1174.
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