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Social Mobility

Education is increasingly important for securing access to well-paid and prominent positions in society. Governments are increasingly concerned to use education as a means for securing social mobility and supporting a fair and open society. Our research focuses on the role of education in promoting and blocking social mobility, as well as on the responsibilities of academic, popular and media discourses in these processes. We investigate whether expansion in educational provision and availability has had an impact on social mobility. We are also interested in how social classes are defined and measured.


Clémentine Beauvais

Sally Hancock

Paul Wakeling


Social Mobility Project

Universities and elite outcomes in Britain, Paul Wakeling (York) and Mike Savage (LSE)