School of Social and Political Science

Kevin Ralston

Job Title

Lecturer in Sociology and Quantitative Methods


Building (Address)

Chrystal Macmillan Building

City (Address)


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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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Vincent J, Ralston K. Uncovering employment outcomes for autistic university graduates in the United Kingdom: An analysis of population data . Autism. 2023 Jun 23. Epub 2023 Jun 23. doi: 10.1177/13623613231182756
Breznau N, Rinke EM, Wuttke A, Nguyen HHV, Adem M, Adriaans J et al. Observing many researchers using the same data and hypothesis reveals a hidden universe of uncertainty. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS). 2022 Nov;119(44):1-8. Epub 2022 Oct 28. doi: 10.1073/pnas.2203150119
Naumann I, Packwood H, Sakali J, Ribe E, Ralston K, Marshall AD et al. Child and Parental Wellbeing during the Covid-Pandemic. 2022 Feb 1. doi: 10.7488/era/1914
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. Epub 2021 Mar 26. doi: 10.1177/0950017020973882
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 (PPP). 2020 Aug 27;14(2):90-112. doi: 10.3351/ppp.2020.4298645632
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. Epub 2019 Dec 19. doi: 10.1177/1360780419888927
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. Epub 2020 May 13. doi: 10.1080/13645579.2020.1761186
Vincent J, Ralston K. Trainee teachers’ knowledge of autism: Implications for understanding and inclusive practice. Oxford Review of Education. 2020;46(2):202-221. Epub 2019 Aug 12. doi: 10.1080/03054985.2019.1645651
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. Epub 2018 Nov 20. doi: 10.1016/j.psychres.2018.11.046
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 Sept;72:A65-A66. doi: 10.1136/jech-2018-SSMabstracts.136
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. Epub 2017 Oct 23. doi: 10.1016/S2468-2667(17)30193-7
Ralston K, Gayle V. Exploring 'generations and cultures of worklessness' in contemporary Britain. Youth & 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. Epub 2017 Mar 7. doi: 10.1136/jech-2016-208176
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. Epub 2016 Jul 19. doi: 10.1080/21582041.2016.1194452
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. doi: 10.5153/sro.3862
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. doi: 10.1186/s12939-015-0274-8
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. doi: 10.1186/1476-072X-13-27