School of Social and Political Science

Kevin Ralston

Job Title

Lecturer in Sociology and Quantitative Methods


Building (Address)

Chrystal Macmillan Building

City (Address)


Country (Address)


Research interests

Research themes

Research interests

Quantitative Methods in Social Research, Social statistics, Families, Childbearing, Public health, Youth labour market, Young People not in Employment, Education or Training (NEET), Class and social stratification, Inequality, Inequality in the labour market

Topics interested in supervising

Social demography: Childbearing, family formation and birth timings. Young people in work: The youth labour market, young people and unemployment, transitions to work, young people not in employment, education or training (NEET).

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Publications by user content

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Gayle V, Connelly R, Ralston K. Observing many researchers using the same data and hypothesis reveals a hidden universe of uncertainty. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 2022 Aug 1.
Ralston K, Everington D, Feng Z, Dibben C. Economic inactivity, not in employment, education or training (NEET) and scarring: The importance of NEET as a marker of long-term disadvantage. Work, Employment And Society. 2021 Mar 26.
Ralston K, Formby A. Inequality restructured: A regional comparison of the occupational position of young people before and after the Great Recession of 2008. People, Place and Policy . 2020 Aug 27;14(2):90-112.
Ralston K. ‘Sociologists shouldn’t have to study statistics’: Epistemology and anxiety of statistics in sociology students. Sociological Research Online. 2020 Jun 1;25(2):219-235.
Ralston K, Gorton V, MacInnes J, Gayle V, Crow G. Anxious women or complacent men? Anxiety of statistics in a sample of UK Sociology undergraduates. International Journal of Social Research Methodology. 2020 May 13.
Vincent J, Ralston K. Trainee teachers’ knowledge of autism: Implications for understanding and inclusive practice. Oxford Review of Education. 2020;46(2):202-221.
Davis PE, Webste LAD, Fernyhough C, Ralston K, Kola-Palmer S, Stain HJ. Adult report of childhood imaginary companions and adversity relates to concurrent prodromal psychosis symptoms. Psychiatry Research. 2019 Jan 1;271:150-152.
Feng Z, Ralston K, Everington D, Dibben C. LONG TERM HEALTH EFFECTS OF NEET EXPERIENCES: EVIDENCE FROM SCOTLAND. Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health. 2018 Sep;72:A65-A66.
Vittal Katikireddi S, Leyland AH, McKee M, Ralston K, Stuckler D. Patterns of mortality by occupation in the UK, 1991–2011: A comparative analysis of linked census and mortality records. The Lancet Public Health. 2017 Nov 1;2(11):e501-e512.
Ralston K, Gayle V. Exploring 'generations and cultures of worklessness' in contemporary Britain. Youth and Policy. 2017 Oct 12.
Ralston K, Walsh D, Feng Z, Dibben C, McCartney G, O’Reilly D. Do differences in religious affiliation explain high levels of excess mortality in the UK? Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health. 2017 Apr 10;71(5):493-498.
Ralston K, Feng Z, Everington D, Dibben C. Do young people not in education, employment or training experience long-term occupational scarring? A longitudinal analysis over 20 years of follow-up. Contemporary Social Science. 2016 Jul;11(2-3):203-221.
Ralston K, Gayle V, Lambert P. Gender, occupation and first birth: Do 'career men' delay first birth too? Sociological Research Online. 2016 Feb 29;21(1):90-101.
Millard AD, Raab G, Lewsey J, Eaglesham P, Craig P, Ralston K et al. Mortality differences and inequalities within and between ‘protected characteristics’ groups, in a Scottish cohort 1991–2009. International Journal for Equity in Health. 2015 Nov 25;14. 142.
Feng Z, Everington D, Ralston K, Dibben C, Raab G, Graham E. Consequences, risk factors, and geography of young people not in education, employment or training (NEET). Edinburgh: Scottish Government, 2015. 88 p.
Ralston K, Dundas R, Leyland AH. A comparison of the Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation (SIMD) 2004 with the 2009+1 SIMD: Does choice of measure affect the interpretation of inequality in mortality? International Journal of Health Geographies. 2014 Jul 8;13. 27.