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 organised around three inter-related themes: the causes and consequences of cynicism of the police and the law, the collateral consequences of criminal sanctioning on life-course development, and the effects of housing mobility on desistance from crime and substance abuse. One nascent area of his research agenda focuses on ethnic and gender discrimination in education, housing, and employment.
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Departmental profile: https://www.sociology.ox.ac.uk/academic-staff/david-kirk.html
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. Professor Heath is currently completing a study of racial discrimination in the labour market, based on field experiments, and is working on a new Brexit project, funded by the ESRC’s UK in a Changing Europe initiative, using an online panel study to explore the evolution of public attitudes and perceptions.
Dr Yizhang Zhao Yizhang joined the Centre for Social Investigation in October 2018. Prior to this, she worked as a postdoctoral research officer on a project called ‘Primary and Secondary Effects of Social Origins on Educational Attainment: A New Approach’ at the Department of Social Policy and Intervention. Her research examines how different dimensions of social inequality affect people’s life chances and their welfare, and how the influence changes over time and across space in different social contexts.
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Dr Jan Flaherty joined the Centre for Social Investigation in November 2018 as a Postdoctoral Research Officer. She is an experienced qualitative researcher working with Dr Elisabeth Garratt on a project examining homelessness pathways in Oxford and the role of support services in a local context.
Jan was previously a Research Associate at Durham University on an action research project exploring the dynamics of debt and high-cost credit in low income households and the potential for sustainable alternatives. She also conducted research for the Scottish charity Poverty Alliance on behalf of the Scottish Borders Commission on Poverty and Social Exclusion to investigate the impact of poverty in the region. Recently Jan has worked as an Intensive Support Worker with families with multiple and complex needs.
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