Dr Alice Sullivan

    • D.Phil Sociology
      B.A. Philosophy, Politics and Economics
    • Director and PI of BCS70
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  • Summary:
    • Alice leads the team responsible for developing the content, design and analysis of the 1970 British Cohort Study. Her research interests are focused on social and educational inequalities, including inequalities of social class, gender and ethnicity. Her published work includes papers on Bourdieu and cultural capital, rational choice theory, private and state schooling, single-sex and co-educational schooling, and education policy. She is interested in longitudinal research methods, the design of survey instruments, and mixed-methods approaches.

      Recent media coverage:
      - Thinking Allowed BCC Radio 4
      - Oxford University admissions favour men, study finds: Guardian
  • Teaching:
    • Alice contributes to survey methods specialist doctoral workshops and research methods teaching throughout the institute, including the Spring and Autumn terms of 'Understanding Education Research'. More.
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  • Professional Activities:
    • Member of the ESRC Peer Review College (July 2010-)
      External examiner, M.Sc. and M.Phil. Sociology, University of Oxford (2011-2014)
      Affiliate member of Department of Sociology, University of Oxford

      Membership of editorial boards:
      - American Educational Research Journal (2006-2009)
      - British Journal of Sociology of Education (2010-)
      - Longitudinal and Life course Studies (2009-)
      - International Studies in the Sociology of education (2008-)
      - Race, Ethnicity and Education (2006-2011)
  • Research Students:
    • • Laura Whittle, PhD: Growing up in Essex in the 1980s - Class, Culture and Education
      • William Parry, PhD: Investigating the links between childhood exercise experiences and adult exercise behaviour
      • Jen-Ying Li, PhD: Adolescents in Poverty and Secondary School Education in Taiwan

      Alice Sullivan is keen to take on Ph.D. students working in areas related to her research interests.
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  • Sullivan, A., Ketende, S. and Joshi, H. (2013) 'Social Class and Inequalities in Early Cognitive Scores', Sociology 47(6), 1187-1206
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  • Heath, A., Sullivan, A., Boliver, V. and Zimdars, A. (2013) 'Education under New Labour: 1997-2010', Oxford Review of Economic Policy 29(1), 227-247.
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  • Zimdars, A., Jones, S., Sullivan, A. and Heath, A. (2013) 'Framing higher education: questions and responses in the British Social Attitudes Survey, 1983-2010', British Journal of Sociology of Education 34(5/6), [Special Issue on the theme 'Education and Social Mobility'].
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  • Sullivan, A., Leonard, D. and  Joshi, H. (2012) 'Single-sex and Co-educational Schooling: What are the social and family outcomes?', Longitudinal and Life Course Studies 3(1) , 137-157.
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  • Sullivan, A. Heath,, A. and Rothon, C. (2011) 'Equalisation or inflation? Social class and gender differences in England', Oxford Review of Education 37(2), 123-138.
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  • Sullivan, A., Joshi, H. and Leonard, D. (2011).  'Single-sex schooling and labour market outcomes.', Oxford Review of Education 37(3), 311-332.
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  • Sullivan, A., Zimdars, A. and Heath, A. (2010).  'The Social Structure of the 14-16 Curriculum in England.', International Studies in the Sociology of Education 20(1), 5-21.
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  • Sullivan, A., Joshi, H. and Leonard, D. (2010).  'Single-sex Schooling and Academic Attainment at School and through the Lifecourse.', American Education Research Journal 47(1), 6-36.
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  • Zimdars, A., Sullivan, A. and Heath, A. (2009) 'Elite Higher Education Admissions in the Arts and Sciences: Is cultural capital the key?', Sociology 43(4). ,
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  • Sullivan, A. (2008) 'Cultural Capital and Educational Attainment' Gorard, S. (ed), Quantitative Research in Education. London: Sage. First Published in 'Sociology' (2001), vol. 35,n. 4, pp. 893-912
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