Shirley Dex is now Emeritus Professor of Longitudinal Social Research in Education.
She joined the Institute of Education in 2002. Previously, she has held posts at the Judge Business School (University of Cambridge), the Institute for Social and Economic Research (ISER) (University of Essex), and the Economics Department at the University of Keele. She also acted as an advisor to the Joseph Rowntree Foundation’s Work and Family Life Programme from 1998 to 2004.
She has published, authored and edited books on the Millennium Cohort Study, and papers on analyses of women’s employment using NCDS data. She has also published many articles on flexible working, cross national comparisons of women’s employment, labour market behaviour, household employment, flexible working arrangements in organizations, equal opportunities, work and care, family policy and research methods. Much of her research work has involved the analyses of longitudinal data. She has successfully carried out research and consultancy for government departments, voluntary bodies, international agencies, EU commissions, equality commissions, the ESRC, charities, research foundations and a range of private UK organizations.
Shirley is continuing to work at the Institute of Education in the Department for Education-funded Childhood Wellbeing Research Centre, as well as being involved in research in the Centre for Longitudinal Studies, primarily on research methods. She is also on a government Taskforce, led by ONS, to devise measures of subjective wellbeing for children and young people.