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Dr Jenny Chanfreau
55-59 Gordon Square
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  • Senior Research Fellow
  • IOE - Social Research Institute
  • UCL Institute of Education

Jenny is a Senior Research Fellow in Demography at the Centre for Longitudinal Studies in the Social Research Institute. She holds a PhD from the Department of Gender Studies at the London School of Economics & Political Science and an MSc in Social Policy Research, also from the LSE. Prior to her PhD, Jenny was a Research Director (Analyst) at NatCen Social Research. During her years at NatCen, her research predominantly consisted of secondary analysis of surveys and administrative data in the areas of families and paid work.

Jenny in an affiliated member of the Repro@UCL and UCL Gender and Feminism Research Network, and was previously co-convenor of the QSS seminar series (2020/21 – 2021/22). Since 2019, she has been organising the ‘Families and Households’ strand at the British Society for Population Studies annual conferences. 

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Jenny is a quantitative social demographer with a critical feminist approach to her research. Her substantive research interests include a range of topics across family demography and social policy, including family circumstances and outcomes, gender, inequalities in paid and unpaid work. Jenny is a  founding member of FemQuant, a network for researchers across the social sciences interested in feminist approaches using quantitative data and methods. 

Jenny is is currently analysing Norwegian Population Register data working on European Research Council funded project (MARTE) investigating the effects of Medically Assisted Reproduction on children and adults. Prior to this she worked on an Economic & Social Research Council funded project focusing on the characteristics, circumstances and outcomes of ‘only children’ over the life course, involving analysis of four UK birth cohorts.  

For her doctoral studies Jenny was awarded the ESRC with Advanced Quantitative Methods Scholarship, and her thesis examined stability and change in gendered and classed work-family life courses across cohorts in the UK. She has extensive experience and expertise in handling large datasets, including birth cohorts and other longitudinal surveys and administrative and population register data.

Teaching Summary

Jenny is joint module leader on the optional MSc module Longitudinal Data Analysis. During her PhD, she taught Introduction to Quantitative Analysis (MSc half-unit module) as a graduate teaching assistant at the LSE Department of Methodology (2016/17-2018/19). While teaching at the LSE she completed the Postgraduate Certificate in Education in Higher Education (PGCertHE) in 2019 and is an accredited Fellow of The Higher Education Academy.

AUG-2022 Senior Research Fellow in Demography Social Research Institute UCL, United Kingdom
SEP-2019 – JUL-2022 Research Fellow in Demography Social Research Institute UCL, United Kingdom
2015 – 2015 Research Director (Analyst)   NatCen Social Research, United Kingdom
2010 – 2015 Senior Researcher (Analyst)   NatCen Social Research, United Kingdom
2008 – 2010 Researcher (Analyst)   NatCen Social Research, United Kingdom
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