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Professor Alison Koslowski appointed as new Director of the Thomas Coram Research Unit

1 October 2021

Professor Alison Koslowski has been appointed as the new Director of the Thomas Coram Research Unit, taking up the position on 15 November.

Alison Koslowski

The Thomas Coram Research Unit (TCRU) is based in UCL Institute of Education’s (IOE) Social Research Institute and is a leading centre for research about children, parenting and families. Formed in 1973, TCRU is strongly international in its collaborations and networks, and has a long history of researching those children and families that are most vulnerable to economic and social adversity.

Professor Koslowski will join the IOE from the University of Edinburgh, where she is Professor of Social Policy and Research Methods in the School of Social and Political Science. She was previously Head of Social Policy at the University and prior to that was the founding director of the Edinburgh Q-Step Centre.

Professor Koslowski is currently the lead editor of the International Review of Leave Policies and Research, an open access policy database covering 47 countries. Her research interests span the labour market, care and gender equality, with a particular focus on parenting leaves.

Professor Koslowski takes over Directorship from Professor Margaret O’Brien who has led the Unit since 2013.

Professor Koslowski said: “This is such an important period for social science research about children and families, and there is nowhere I would rather be than at TCRU. I am delighted to be joining the Social Research Institute and to be leading the Thomas Coram Research Unit towards its 50th anniversary in 2023 and beyond.”