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Prof Kirstine Hansen
UCL Institute of Education, University College London
20 Bedford Way
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  • Professor of Social Policy
  • IOE - Social Research Institute
  • UCL Institute of Education

Kirstine  gained her PhD in Sociology from the London School of Economics. A quantitative analysis of crime and the labour market.

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Kirstine's research interests are related to education and skills acquisition and attainment across the life-course. She has written extensively using birth cohort data to examine the determinants of cognitive development and academic achievement, trying to unpick to the  mechanisms of inequality of opportunity and outcomes with particular focus on childcare and child development; the role of the family in promoting academic success; the role of education in protecting against negative outcomes, and the role perceptions and choice play in achievement.

Kirstine's current research, in collaboration with the Metropolitan Police, examines the impact of Covid-19 on crime in London. 

  • Did Covid-19 lead to an increase in hate crimes against Chinese people in London? 

(You can access the working paper version of this research here: https://econpapers.repec.org/paper/qssdqsswp/2005.htm)

  • Did the Covid national lockdown lead to an increase in domestic abuse?

  • What role did the media play in increasing Covid-19 related hate crimes?

Teaching Summary

Kirstine is the programme lead on the MSc Social Research Methods.

MSc modules taught:

Introduction to regression analysis (17-present)
Dissertation module (09-present)
Introduction to data analysis (17-18)
Statistics I (09-17)
Statistics II (09-17)
Survey design (09-14)
Research for policy (09-14)

Professional short courses:

Binary outcome models 
Methods of quantitative analysis 
Regression analysis 

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