New director takes over at Centre for Longitudinal Studies

30 March 2010

Professor Jane Elliott is to take over as director of the Centre for Longitudinal Studies, which houses three of Britain’s internationally-renowned birth cohort studies. She will succeed Professor Heather Joshi, who is stepping down after seven years in the post.

Jane Elliott is currently head of department at CLS, which is based at the Institute of Education, University of London. For the past six years she has also been research director of two of the three birth cohort studies — the 1958 National Child Development Study (NCDS) and the 1970 British Cohort Study (BCS).

Heather Joshi will continue as director of the Millennium Cohort Study, which is tracking 19,000 UK children born between September 2000 and January 2002.

The change of roles applies from April 1 when CLS starts a renewed five-year contract as an Economic and Social Research Council Resource Centre.

Jane Elliott’s main research interests include gender and employment, women’s careers, and the combination of qualitative and quantitative methodology. Her analysis of essays that NCDS children wrote at age 11 about their imagined adult lives was the inspiration for the recent BBC Radio 4 series, When I Grow Up.

A Fellow of the Royal Statistical Society, Jane Elliott graduated from King’s College, Cambridge, and gained her PhD in Sociology at the University of Manchester. Before joining CLS in 2004 she was a visiting lecturer at Harvard.

“I am delighted to be appointed director of a major ESRC investment,” Jane Elliott said. “The cohort studies are a unique research resource used by scholars around the world and it is a privilege to be in a position to lead in their future development.”

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