Valentina Di Stasio is a postdoctoral researcher at CSI and at the WZB Berlin Social Science Centre (Germany). Valentina holds a PhD degree from the University of Amsterdam. Her dissertation – which has been awarded a prize for Best Dissertation of the Year from the European Consortium for Sociological Research – focused on the way employers view educational qualifications and skills in Italy, Britain and the Netherlands, three countries characterised by very different education and labour market institutions. Selected findings from the dissertation are published in European Sociological Review. Other works appeared in Acta Sociologica, Research in Social Stratification and Mobility and Social Science Research. Valentina’s research is in the area of school-to-work transitions and labour market inequalities. Her current projects focus on gender and ethnic discrimination in the labour market, the role of social capital in the hiring process and public perceptions about vocational education and training. In her work, Valentina adopts an interdisciplinary perspective (she is a fellow of the College for Interdisciplinary Education Research) and a variety of methods, including (quasi-)experiments, interviews and secondary data analysis. In the past, she also contributed to reports for the European Commission and the European Parliament.
Elisabeth Garratt joined the Centre for Social Investigation in September 2015 following a PhD in Social Statistics at the University of Manchester. She previously worked at the Department for Social Policy and Intervention, Oxford University, undertaking government projects relating to deprivation and worklessness, including the English Indices of Deprivation. Her research interests are in quantitative methods, mental health in adults and children, health inequalities, poverty, food insecurity and social stratification. Her research on UK food insecurity has received widespread press coverage, been cited in government debates and was also made into an impact film. Email: Elisabeth.email@example.com Twitter: @eagarratt Website: https://elisabethgarratt.wordpress.com/
Anthony Heath, CBE, FBA is the Director of the Centre for Social Investigation at Nuffield College, Oxford. He is Emeritus Professor of Sociology at the University of Oxford and Professor of Sociology at Manchester University. His research interests cover social stratification and mobility, ethnicity, electoral behaviour, social and political attitudes, national identity and social cohesion. He has published many books and scientific papers. His most recent books include The Political Integration of Ethnic Minorities in Britain (OUP, 2013), Hard Times: The Divisive Toll of the Economic Slump (with Tom Clark – Yale University Press, 2014) and Migrants and Their Children in Britain: Generational change in patterns of ethnic minority integration (Routledge, 2014). Anthony has also carried out work for a range of government and international bodies, including work for UNDP in Bosnia and Herzegovina on social capital and human development, for OECD on racial discrimination, for the Department for Communities and Local Government on ethnic diversity and social cohesion, for the Department for Work and Pensions on employer discrimination, for the Cabinet Office, for the National Audit Office, and for the Equality and Human Rights Commission.
Lindsay Richards is a postdoctoral researcher at CSI. Her research interests cover the social and economic causes of subjective well-being. Her doctorate was obtained from the University of Manchester in 2015 with a thesis on the effect of social connectedness on the money-happiness relationship. Recent academic publications include For Whom Money Matters Less: Social Connectedness as a Resilience Resource in the UK. Other interests include the sociology of corruption. Current research at CSI includes inequalities in mental health and subjective social status, attitudes to immigration in Europe, as well as comparative work on social capital and well-being. Email address: firstname.lastname@example.org