Institute of Education


Centre for Learning and Life Chances in Knowledge Economies and Societies

Investigating the role of lifelong learning in promoting economic competitiveness and social cohesion.

Head of Centre: Professor Andy Green

The Centre for Learning and Life Chances in Knowledge Economies and Societies (LLAKES) researches the connections between learning and the promotion of economic competitiveness and social cohesion.


We aim to work with policymakers, education and training professionals, employers, trade unions and other interested parties to improve the way in which national and international research evidence is shared and used. 


LLAKES Centre has been funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and hosted by the UCL Institute of Education since 2008.

We welcome contributions through our website and attendance at our open seminars from anyone interested in our research programme.

Our staff

Director of Centre

Andy Green

Deputy Director

Germ Janmaat, Theme Leader (Theme Three)

Centre staff

Claire Callender, Project Leader
Alison Fuller, Project Leader
David Guile, Project Leader
Francis Green, Theme Leader (Theme Two)
Geoff Mason, Project Leader
Lucinda Platt, Project Leader
Ingrid Schoon, Theme Leader (Theme One)
Martin Weale, Project Leader
Susanne Wiborg, Project Leader

Honorary LLAKES Professor

Karen Evans
Lorna Unwin

Research Officers

Golo Henseke
Nicola Pensiero

Associated staff

Helen Cheng, Visiting Research Associate
Ian Craig, Visiting Professor (linked partly to LLAKES)
Richard Dorsett, Contributing Academic
Ann Margaret Doyle, Visiting Research Associate
Sam Duncan, Contributing Academic
Alan Felstead, Visiting Professor
Susan Halford, Contributing Academic
Bryony Hoskins, Contributing Academic
Avril Keating, Contributing Academic
Pauline Leonard, Contributing Academic
Kate Lyle, Contributing Academic
Michela Franceschelli, Contributing Academic
Rachel Wilde, Contributing Academic
Andrew Jenkins, Contributing Academic
Ann-Charlotte Teglborg, Contributing Academic
Joshua Ka Ho Mok, Contributing Academic
Geoff Mason, Visiting Professor
Peter Mayo, Visiting Professorial Fellow
Rebecca Riley, Contributing Academic
Peter Taylor-Gooby, Contributing Academic
Anna Vignoles, Contributing Academic

Find more about our researchers, publications, activities, groups and themes: UCL Research Portal, IRIS


Key areas of research

  • Social and cultural foundations of learning, knowledge production and transfer, and innovation, within the context of a changing economy, and
  • Effects of knowledge and skill distribution on income equality, social cohesion and competitiveness.

We have a programme of multi-disciplinary and mixed method research which addresses these issues at the level of the individual life course, through studies of city-regions and sectors in the UK, and through comparative analysis across OECD countries. 


Our work at the LLAKES Centre (Phase 2) is organised around three Themes:

  • Theme 1: Youth, Inter-generational Mobility, and Civic Values

Leader: Ingrid Schoon; with Alison Fuller, Andy Green, David Guile, Bryon Hoskins, Germ Janmaat, Pauline Leonard, and Martin Weale.

  • Theme 2:  Learning, Work and the Economy

Leader: Francis Green; with Alan Felstead, Alison Fuller, Duncan Gallie, Susan Halford, David Guile, Geoff Mason, and Anna Vignoles.

  • Theme 3: Education, Inequality and Social Cohesion

Leader: Germ Janmaat, with Rebecca Allen, Andy Green, Francis Green, Bryony Hoskins, Lucinda Platt, Peter Taylor-Gooby, and Anna Vignoles.

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