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Dr Roxanne Connelly
Senior Lecturer



Roxanne holds a BSc in Psychology, an MSc in Applied Social Research and a PhD in Sociology.

Roxanne’s first academic job was as a Research Officer at the Centre for Longitudinal Studies, UCL Institute of Education, home of the British Birth Cohort Studies. Roxanne then worked as a Research Fellow at the Administrative Data Research Centre at the University of Edinburgh. These roles galvanised Roxanne’s interests in the use of large-scale quantitative data resources for sociological research.

In 2015 Roxanne joined the University of Warwick as an assistant professor in Sociology. Roxanne worked as part of Warwick’s Q-Step programme which was designed to promote a step-change in quantitative social science training in the UK.

Roxanne joined the University of York in 2018 as a Senior Lecturer in Sociology with a responsibility for teaching quantitative research methods at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. 



Roxanne's research examines social inequalities and is located within the fields of social stratification and the sociology of education.

Her research interests include:

  • Social Stratification
  • Sociology of Education
  • Psychological Measures in Societal Contexts
  • Data Intensive Social Science
  • Research Transparency and Reproducibility
  • Complex Social Survey Data
  • Administrative Data
  • Longitudinal Data Analysis

For code and supplementary materials associated with Roxanne’s research see GitHub.


Selected publications

For a full publication, list see Google Scholar.

Selected Publications

Connelly, R., Playford, C. J., Gayle, V., & Dibben, C. (2016). The role of administrative data in the big data revolution in social science research. Social Science Research, 59, 1-12.

Connelly, R., & Gayle, V. (2017). An investigation of social class inequalities in general cognitive ability in two British birth cohorts. The British journal of sociology.

Connelly, R., & Gayle, V. (2017). An Investigation of the Consistency of Parental Occupational Information in UK Birth Records and a National Social Survey. European Sociological Review, 33(2), 240-256.

Contact details

Roxanne Connelly
Senior Lecturer
Department of Sociology
University of York
YO10 5DD

Tel: 01904 32 2635