Chris is Professor of Education Policy at Cardiff University and is the Cardiff Co-Director of the Wales Institute of Social & Economic Research, Data & Methods (WISERD). Chris has published extensively on a wide range of educational issues and has undertaken research across all education sectors, from early years to higher education. This has included leading a three year evaluation of the Foundation Phase for 3-7 year olds in Wales and an ESRC study on widening access to higher education, which included a longitudinal analysis of the transition of pupils from compulsory schooling to university using national administrative data.
Prior to this he was awarded an ESRC Fellowship to use the Millennium Cohort Study to compare children’s development across different countries of the UK. He is currently one of the lead investigators on the evaluation of the Pupil Deprivation Grant for the Welsh Government. Chris is involved in three work packages of the ESRC Civil Society research centre in WISERD. These are interested in (i) the social controbiution of graduates, (ii) the role of grandparents in the early years, and (iii) the integenerational transmission of civil society.
Chris is the editor of one of the UK’s leading academic journals in the field of education, the British Educational Research Journal and is on the editorial board of the Journal of Educatiohn Policy and the British Journal of Sociology of Education.