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Wolfson Research Institute for Health and Wellbeing

Wolfson Fellow

Dr Vikki Boliver

Lecturer in Sociology / Social Policy in the School of Applied Social Sciences

Contact Dr Vikki Boliver (email at vikki.boliver@durham.ac.uk)

Biography

To request a copy of any of my publications please email me at vikki.boliver@durham.ac.uk

Vikki joined the School of Applied Social Sciences in September 2011. Before coming to Durham, Vikki studied Sociology at Leicester University (BA), Cambridge University (MPhil) and Oxford University (DPhil) and was a Departmental Lecturer in Sociology at Oxford, a Nuffield Foundation Postdoctoral Research Fellow and Visiting Lecturer at Harvard, a British Academy Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Oxford, and a Sociology Lecturer at Bath Spa. At Durham Vikki teaches the first year undergraduate research methods module, Introduction to Research, and the masters level module, Quantitative Research Methods in the Social Sciences.

Vikki’s current research focuses on social inequalities of access to higher status universities, and on patterns and processes of social mobility across multiple generations. She welcomes enquiries about supervision from students who want to write an undergraduate, masters or doctoral dissertation on something to do with educational inequality or social mobility, or who are keen to use quantitative research methods.

Supervisees

      • Silvia Soriano-Rivera
      • Yalda Afzali

Indicators of Esteem

Research Groups

School of Applied Social Sciences

  • Policy, Professions and Communities
  • Sociology and Social Policy

Research Projects

School of Applied Social Sciences

  • The impact of a market in tuition fees on fair access to more prestigious universities and subjects, £5K

Research Interests

  • Educational inequalities, especially social class and ethnic inequalities of access to higher status universities
  • Social stratification and mobility, in particular patterns and processes of social mobility across multiple generations of family members
  • Quantitative research methods
  • Applied and policy-relevant research

Teaching Areas

  • Introduction to Research

    (60 hours/year.)
  • Quantitative Research Methods in the Social Sciences

    (20 hours/year.)
  • Societies in Transition

    (4 hours/year.)

Publications

Books: sections

Departmental working papers

Journal papers: academic

Journal papers: popular

Related Links

Media Contacts

Available for media contact about:

  • General policy: Access to higher education; social class and ethnic inequalities in education; social mobility; quantitative research methods
  • Sociology: Access to higher education; social class and ethnic inequalities in education; social mobility; quantitative research methods