My research interests are in social demography, especially fertility; the family and the labour market; Work-life balance; Sociology of Gender especially masculinity; Sociology of national identity, especially stateless nationalism, comparisons between Scotland and Catalonia, and the role of the mass media. I also act as a consultant to a project evaluating aid and development projects in Malawi.
I am keen to promote the use of quantitative methods and evidence in social science. Since 2009 I have been Strategic Advisor to the ESRC on QM Training, and sit on the advisory board of 'getstats' the Royal Statistical Society's Statistical Literacy Campaign. In 2012 I created a new Statistical Literacy course for students from all colleges and years at the University of Edinburgh.