Jane is Professor of Social Research at the Institute of Education, London, and is the Director of the Centre for Longitudinal Studies (an ESRC Resource Centre). She is also Director of the Cohorts and Longitudinal Studies Enhancement Resources Programme funded by ESRC and MRC. Jane was the Principal Investigator of the British Cohort Study 1970 from 2004-2010 and Principal Investigator of the 1958 British Birth Cohort, known as the National Child Development Study (NCDS), from 2004-2013.
Jane’s main research interests include gender and employment, women's careers, healthy ageing, longitudinal research methodology, combining qualitative and quantitative research, and narrative. Her book 'Using Narrative in Social Research: qualitative and quantitative approaches' was published by Sage in 2005. She has also published on women's employment and fertility histories, occupational segregation in Britain and the US, gender and children's essays from the NCDS.
Jane's first degree was in Mathematics (Part 1) and Social and Political Sciences (Part II) at King's College, Cambridge. Her PhD was completed at the University of Manchester.
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