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School of Social and Political Science: Graduate school


Sarah Stopforth

Sarah Stopforth
Sarah Stopforth
Sociology School of Social and Political Science University of Edinburgh
Edinburgh UK
Research Interests
Sociology of Education, Social Stratification, Cultural Capital, Quantitative Analysis

PhD Title

The Relationship Between Parental Socio-Economic Position and Children's Educational Outcomes

PhD Research 

The overall aim of my research is to better understand the relationship between parental socio-economic positions and children's educational outcomes through the application of statistical models to existing large-scale social science datasets. 
Sociological research to date has found that those from less advantaged backgrounds are more likely to have poorer educational outcomes. Inequalities in educational attainment, typically measured through school qualifications, are likely to be linked to inequalities in socio-economic positions. I will be exploring the role of cultural capital and children's aspirations to examine where, and why, these inequalities exist. 


Professor Vernon Gayle

Dr Chris Playford


2016-2019 ESRC + AQM Full Award 


MA, Public Policy, King's College, London

BA (Hons), History, University of Cambridge

Research Experience

2015-2016 Researcher, New Local Government Network

2014-2015 Research Assistant, New Local Government Network

2014-2015 Research Associate, Education and Employers Taskforce

Research Publications:

Studdert, J. and Stopforth, S. (March 2016), Get Well Soon: Reimagining Place-Based Health, NLGN and Collaborate: London.

Stopforth, S. and Mansfield, C. (April 2016), All Together Now: Whole Systems Commissioning for Councils and the Voluntary Sector, NLGN: London.

Stopforth, S. (October 2016), Work It Out: Creating Local Systems of Employability Support, APSE: London.