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Prof Ingrid Schoon
UCL Institute of Education, University College London
55-59 Gordon Square
  • Chair of Social Policy
  • IOE - Social Science
  • UCL Institute of Education

I am Professor of Human Development and Social Policy at the Institute of Education, University College London, Research Professor at the Social Science Centre (Wissenschaftszentrum) Berlin, and Visiting Professor at the the Royal Netherlands Academy of the Arts and Science. I have led a great number of large scale and international research projects. Currently I am Principal Co-Investigator ofthe ESRC Centre for Learning and Life Chances in Knowledge Economies and Societies (Llakes: http://www.ioe.ac.uk/research/159.html ), direct the international post-doctoral Fellowship Program PATHWAYS to Adulthood (http://www.pathwaystoadulthood.org/), and am involved in an ESRC funded project on mental health trajectories of children (with Leslie Gutman, Heather Joshi and Michael Parsonage).  I have served as advisor to government departments, and am member of several national and international review boards, such as the Swiss National Centre of Excellence (NCCR) and the German Youth Institute (DJI).

My publications include over 100 scholarly articles, as well as a monograph on ‘Risk and Resilience’ and two edited volumes on ‘Transitions from school-to-work'  (with Rainer K. Silbereisen) and 'Gender differences in aspirations and attainment' (with Jacquelynne Eccles), all published by Cambridge University Press.

Research Summary

I am a developmental psychologist by training, with research interests in the study of capacity building and social inequalities in attainment. In particular my research focuses on the study of risk and resilience, especially during the transition from dependent childhood to independent adulthood, and regarding social and gender equalities in attainment, health and well-being.

My research is guided by an ecological-developmental approach, mapping human development over time and in context using longitudinal data, such as the nationally representative British cohort studies. I have examined and contributed to new insights regarding social inequalities in aspiration, health and attainment, and the conditions for change and resilience in the face of adversity.

Teaching Summary

I am module leader for a course on Longitudinal Analysis

PhD supervision

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