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Dr Chris Playford


Lecturer (Sociology)

Clayden, Room 1.07

Office Hours

Term 1: Wednesday 11.30am-12.30pm and Thursday 11am-12pm

Research Interests

I am a sociologist working in the fields of social stratification and the sociology of education. My work has focused on modelling the role of family background on educational attainment with a substantive interest in inequality and disadvantage. I specialise in the secondary analysis of large-scale survey and administrative data. I have methodological interests in a range of quantitative techniques including generalised linear and mixed models, latent class analysis and multiple imputation of missing data.


Current Research Projects

Co-investigator. "Parental Social Class and Filial School Level Educational Outcomes in Contemporary Britain: Analysis of Understanding Society and Administrative Data." [with Dr Roxanne Connelly and Prof Vernon Gayle]. Economic & Social Research Council Secondary Data Analysis Initiative (SDAI). £174,000. Oct 2018 - April 2020.

In this project we will examine and extend the range of occupation-based social class variables in Understanding Society. We will then explore variation in educational outcomes of young people by these measures.