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Prof Ingrid Schoon
UCL Institute of Education, Social Research Institute
55-59 Gordon Square
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  • Chair of Social Policy
  • IOE - Social Research Institute
  • UCL Institute of Education

I studied psychology at the University of Mainz (Germany) where I received a BA and MA. I received a PhD in psychology from the University of Leiden (The Netherlands) in 1992. On completion of her PhD I took up a lectureship in Social Research at City University London, which at the timehosted the British Cohort Studies. Since 1996 I am registered as a Chartered Psychologist with the British Psychological Society. In 2002 I was awarded a Chair in Psychology by City University and directed the Centre for Human Development and Wellbeing. In 2007 I was appointed as Chair in Human Development and Social Policy at the Institute of Education, now University College London. 

Currently I am Professor of Human Development and Social Policy at the Social Research Institute (SRI), University College London. I am a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences (FAcSS) and the Social Science Centre (Wissenschaftszentrum) Berlin. I am President of the Society for Longitudinal and Lifecourse Studies (SLLS) and President elect of the European Association for Research on Adolescence (EARA). 

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). I am a member of the OECD 2030 Competencies Framework Working Group and the UNESCO Inclusive Social Policy Lab.

Research Summary

My research interests focus on the study of risk and resilience, in particular on social inequalities in capacity building, health and attainment during the transition from dependent childhood to independent adulthood, asking 1) to what extent and how do social conditions, in particular socio-economic adversity, affect individual thinking, feeling and behaviour; 2) to what extent and in what circumstances can individuals succeed against the odds and steer their own life course?; and 3) what can be done to improve the life chances of the most vulnerable? My studies are guided by a socio-ecological developmental systems 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 competence development, aspirations, health and attainment, and the conditions for change and resilience in the face of adversity. 

My publications include over 100 scholarly articles, as well as a monograph on ‘Risk and Resilience’ and three edited volumes on ‘Transitions from school-to-work'  with Rainer K. Silbereisen (2009), 'Gender differences in aspirations and attainment' with Jacquelynne S. Eccles (2014), and ' Young People’s Development and the Great Recession: Uncertain Transitions and Precarious Futures' with John Bynner (2017) all published by Cambridge University Press. 

Teaching Summary

Module leader: Uncertainty in Contemporary Society. BSC Social Science

PhD supervision

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