Posted on 20 July 2012
Professor Kathleen Kiernan, Professor of Social Policy and Demography in the Department of Social Policy and Social Work, has been elected a Fellow of the British Academy, the highest honour for scholars working in the social sciences.
Professor Kiernan’s research interests centre on family environments and child well-being in the early years, family change in developed countries, cohabitation and unmarried parenthood, and parental separation and children’s well-being. She is also an expert on life course analysis and the analysis of longitudinal data.
A Professorial Fellow with the Institute for Effective Education at York, she has been an annual Visiting Research Scholar at the Center for Child Research and Well-Being at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University, USA, since 2004.
Professor Kiernan was a member of The Good Childhood Inquiry and is Vice President of The European Association of Population Studies. In 2006 she was awarded an OBE for services to Social Science.
The British Academy is the UK’s national body for the humanities and social sciences. The Academy is composed of Fellows who are elected in recognition of their distinction as scholars. Further information on the Fellowships is available from the British Academy.
Researching the demography of family life has been my passion for over 30 years. Much of my research has used data from our world renowned birth cohort studies, the earliest of which was started by my two great mentors Professor David Glass and Dr James Douglas. Both imbued me with a passion for careful empirical analysis that has policy relevance.
Professor Kathleen Kiernan