Institute of Education Quantitative Social Science

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Institute of Education Quantitative Social Science

Institute of Education Quantitative Social Science

Quantitative Social Science

Applying quantitative methods to inform policy on education, health, labour markets, human development and child/adult wellbeing

Head of centre: Lorraine Dearden

Quantitative Social Science (QSS) is an interdisciplinary group of 18 academics and researchers with expertise in economics, sociology, psychology, social statistics, survey methods and data collection, and techniques of policy evaluation.

Our mission

  • Design and deliver world-class under-graduate and post-graduate education in all aspects of quantitative social science
  • Undertake world-class social science research which is both academically renowned and policy-relevant.

Core activities

  • Teaching
  • Supervision of masters, doctoral and post-doctoral students
  • Research
  • Dissemination and impact.

Our staff

We work closely with colleagues in our department, especially from the Centre for Longitudinal Studies (CLS) and Cohort and Longitudinal Studies Enhancement Resources (CLOSER), colleagues throughout UCL, particularly in the Departments of Economics and  Politics, the Institute of Child Health and the International Centre for Life Course Studies in Society and Health (ICLS), as well as other leading universities in Britain and throughout the world.

Head of Centre

Lorraine Dearden, Professor of Economics and Statistics

Academic Staff

Ozan Aksoy, Senior Fellow
Rebecca Allen, Reader in Economics of Education
Alex Bryson, Professor of Quantitative Social Science
Stuart Campbell, Research Associate
Wing Chan, Professor of Quantitative Social Science
Leslie Gutman, Research Director
Kirstine Hansen, Reader in Social Policy
Hedvig Horvath, Lecturer in Economics
Andrew Jenkins, Research Fellow
John Jerrim, Reader in Educational and Social Statistics
Lindsey Macmillan, Reader in Economics
John Micklewright, Emeritus Professor
Bilal Nasim, Research Data Scientist
Terry Ng-Knight, Research Fellow
Ingrid Schoon, Professor of Human Development and Social Policy
Ian Shemilt, Senior Lecturer in Economics and Evidence Synthesis Methodology
Nikki Shure, Research Associate
Maria Sironi, Lecturer in Quantitative Sociology
Richard Wiggins, Professor of Quantitative Social Science
Gillian Wyness, Lecturer in Economics of Education

Find more about our researchers, publications, activities, groups and themes: UCL Research Portal, IRIS




QSS is a partner in the ESRC funded English Administrative Data Research Centre (ADRCE) in collaboration with the University of Southampton, Institute of Child Health at University College London, The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) and the Institute for Fiscal Studies. We are also a partner in the new IOE lead Centre for Global Higher Education (CGHE). QSS also manages the collection and analysis of OECD’s TALIS and PISA surveys for England in 2013 and 2015 respectively.



Study with us


We have designed and will be delivering a new undergraduate degree, UCL’s BSc in Quantitative Social Science beginning in Autumn 2016.

Graduate taught

    1.    The MSc Quantitative Research Methods (Policy Analysis)
2.    The MSc Quantitative Research Methods (Education)

Graduate research

We also offer PhD training  – including through an ESRC-financed Doctoral Training Centre in Quantitative Methods.

Applications to undertake PhD training or post doctoral research in any of our areas of interest are welcome. There is a lively environment with a range of opportunities to acquire cutting-edge skills in research methods and to tackle substantive research questions across the social sciences.


Short courses and CPD

We also offer short courses for professional development in research methods and in use of various data resources, including the birth cohorts.




All our staff is research-active. Most of our studies involve the design, collection and/or analysis of large scale survey or administrative data sets.

Our academic research is funded by research councils and trust funds

Areas of Expertise:

  • Policy evaluation
  • Longitudinal research design and  analysis
  • Survey methodology and sampling design
  • Economics of education
  • Labour markets
  • Personnel economics
  • Gender and Ethnicity
  • Subjective Well-being
  • Biosocial and biomedical studies
  • Equal opportunities
  • Social capital and social participation
  • Childcare
  • Child development

We also undertake consultancy research for:

  • Government departments: the Department for Education, the Home Office
  • Charities: Sutton Trust
  • Universities UK Ltd
  • Overseas universities
  • International agencies.

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Seminar series

Working Paper series

Contact the IOE

Postal and visiting address

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University College London
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London WC1H 0AL
United Kingdom


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