CSI Members


Professor Dave Kirk is the Director of the Centre for Social Investigation. He is also Professor in the Department of Sociology and Professorial Fellow of Nuffield College at the University of Oxford. He is a faculty affiliate of the Oxford QStep Centre, and directs a graduate access initiative jointly operated through QStep and Nuffield College called the Nuffield Undergraduate Scholars Institute. Dave received his Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Chicago.

Dave’s research agenda is primarily organized around three inter-related themes: the causes and consequences of police misconduct, solutions to criminal recidivism, and the causes and consequences of gun violence. His 2020 book, Home Free (Oxford University Press), traces the effect of residential displacement among the formerly incarcerated in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. Another project, a colloboration with Rob Sampson of Harvard University and funded by the National Collaborative on Gun Violence Research, is designed to examine the correlates and consequences of gun violence over the life course over the past 25 years, a period of dramatic social change in the US.


Email Address: david.kirk@sociology.ox.ac.uk
Twitter: @kirk_davids
Departmental profile: https://www.sociology.ox.ac.uk/people/david-kirk#/


Professor Anthony Heath, CBE, FBA is the Founding 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 and ethnic inequalities, social and political attitudes, national identity and social cohesion. He has published many books and scientific papers. His most recent books include Social Progress in Britain (OUP, 2018), The Political Integration of Ethnic Minorities in Britain (OUP, 2013) and Hard Times: The Divisive Toll of the Economic Slump (with Tom Clark – Yale University Press, 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 and ethnic minority disadvantage, for the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, the Department for Work and Pensions, the Cabinet Office and the National Audit Office. 


Said Hassan is a postgraduate student in Sociology at the University of Oxford, Nuffield College. Said’s research interests lie at the intersection between neighbourhood effects, educational inequality, and criminology. In his doctoral research, he explores how residential environments and school contexts interact to produce social inequalities in modern welfare states. His ongoing research includes projects on the impact of refugee children on natives’ educational outcomes.