IOE - Faculty of Education and Society


New Approaches to studying the link between education and the labour market

16 June 2016, 4:15 pm–5:45 pm


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Room 639, UCL Institute of Education, 20 Bedford way, London WC1H 0AL

Dr Manuel Souto-Otero

A large body of sociological research examines the relationship between educational qualifications and a range of social outcomes - including employment outcomes. An interesting development in recent times is a clear surge in interest within social mobility and social stratification research in ''unpacking' the role of employers in the allocation of occupational positions and associated rewards.
It is employers and not teachers who make hiring decisions. This session will explore the approaches that sociologists are employing to study the link between education and the labour market and the types of questions that are being addressed to move forward the debate in this area. It will then focus, specifically, on the potential and limitations of big data to explore those questions, and will illustrate this with reference to Dr Souto-Otero's current research examining mis(conceptions) of merit in the UK labour market.

The event is free and open to everyone. Booking is helpful; please e-mail ioe.llakesevents@ucl.ac.uk to book a place.

For further information please contact Richard Arnold: richard.arnold@ucl.ac.uk