Video of Prof Cristina Iannelli’s 2022 David Raffe Memorial lecture

A video has been posted of this year’s David Raffe Memorial Lecture was delivered by Cristina Iannelli, Professor of Education and Social Stratification, Moray House School of Education and Sport, titled:

“Behind the numbers: Understanding how social inequalities in education and the labour market come about”

The video can be viewed here: (opens in new tab)

Professor Iannelli’s lecture was chaired by Professor David Smith, Head of Moray House School of Education and Sport, and was followed by a Q&A session led by Lindsay Paterson, formerly Professor of Education Policy, University of Edinburgh.

This was the 5th annual memorial lecture in honour of the late David Raffe, Professor of Sociology of Education and Director of the Centre for Educational Sociology (CES) at the University of Edinburgh. The lecture focussed on a topic at the heart of David Raffe’s work: social inequalities in education and in the transition from education to the labour market.

Drawing from the research conducted in two ESRC-funded research programmes (AQMeN II and Understanding Inequalities), Professor Iannelli presented some key findings about the role played by individual, family, area and institutional level factors in the reproduction of social inequalities in education and the labour market. She also discussed the importance of using new linked administrative and survey data and advanced statistical methods to provide robust evidence for policy and practice.

Speaker Biography
Professor Cristina Iannelli’s research interests include social inequalities in education; social mobility; youth transitions; cross-country comparative analysis; and advanced quantitative research methods. Professor Iannelli has extensive research experience as leader and co-investigator of several national and international research projects. Most recently (2017 – 2021), she was Co-Director of the ESRC large grant ‘Understanding Inequalities’, a multidisciplinary and international research project which aimed to explore the causes, consequences and policy implications of social inequalities across different dimensions and spatial scales. From 2013 to 2017 she was Co-Director of the ESRC-funded centre AQMeN (Applied Quantitative Methods Network) in the University of Edinburgh and led the ‘Education and Social Stratification’ research strand of the project.

Professor Iannelli is a Fellow of the British Academy and the Academy of Social Sciences. She is a member of the Economic and Social Research Council’s (ESRC) Strategic Advisory Network, and also serves on the ESRC Data and Infrastructure, Skills and Methods Expert Advisory Group.

Lecture details
This lecture was a hybrid event with the opportunity to attend in person or join online.

17:30 – 17:35 Welcome
17:35 – 17:40 Introduction
17:40 – 18:15 Lecture
18:15 – 18:50 Questions and Discussion
18:50 – 18:55 Conclusion
18.55 Vote of Thanks