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Academic Director, Cardiff University Social Sciences Research Park (SPARK), Cardiff University

Chris is Professor of Social Sciences at Cardiff University and is the Academic Director of the Cardiff University Social Science Research Park (SPARK). He is also a core member and Wales lead of the ESRC International Public Policy Observatory (IPPO) that was established to mobilise evidence to policy-makers following the COVID-19 pandemic. Chris has published extensively on a wide range of educational and social issues and has undertaken research across all education sectors, from early years to higher education. He recently established the WISERD Education Data Lab, utilising education administrative data to support education priorities in Wales and helps convene the annual WISERDEducation Multi-Cohort Study (WMCS). Chris is a Fellow of the Learned Society for Wales and was the inaugural winner of the Hugh Owen Medal for outstanding contribution to educational research in 2017. In 2021 Chris was appointed as one of three new Research Fellows at the Education Policy Institute.

Experience

  • 2012–present
    Professor, Cardiff University

Education

  • 2000 
    University of Leicester, PhD

Publications

  • 2021
    School exclusions in Wales: policy discourse and policy enactment, Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties
  • 2020
    The ‘civic premium’ of university graduates: the impact of massification on civic participation, Studies in Higher Education
  • 2020
    Successful futures’ for all in Wales? The challenges of curriculum reform for addressing educational inequalities, The Curriculum Journal
  • 2020
    A Liberal Higher Education for All? The Massification of Higher Education and its Implications for Graduates’ Participation in Civil Society, Higher Education
  • 2020
    Civil Society and the Family, Policy Press
  • 2019
    Intergenerational transmission and support for EU membership in the UK: the case of Brexit, European Sociological Review
  • 2019
    Young people, family relationships and civic participation, Journal of Civil Society

Grants and Contracts

  • 2022
    Administrative Data Research Wales 2022 - 2026 (Part of ADR UK)
    Role:
    Co-Investigator
    Funding Source:
    Economic and Social Research Council
  • 2021
    WISERD Education Data Lab 2021-22
    Role:
    Director
    Funding Source:
    Welsh Government
  • 2020
    International Public Policy Observatory (IPPO)
    Role:
    Co-Investigator
    Funding Source:
    Economic and Social Research Council
  • 2020
    WISERD Education Multi-Cohort Study (WMCS) (Sweeps 8 and 9)
    Role:
    Co-director
    Funding Source:
    Welsh Government
  • 2020
    Continuity of learning in Wales: ‘Live’ analysis of digital learning
    Role:
    Principal Investigator
    Funding Source:
    Ser Cymru
  • 2019
    WISERD/Civil Society: Changing perspectives on Civic Stratification and Civil Repair
    Role:
    Co-Investigator
    Funding Source:
    Economic and Social Research Council
  • 2019
    The political economies of school exclusion and their consequences
    Role:
    Co-Investigator
    Funding Source:
    Economic and Social Research Council