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Professor Jacqueline Scott

Professor Jacqueline Scott

Professor of Empirical Sociology

Fellow of Queens' College, Cambridge

Department of Sociology,
Free School Lane

Cambridge CB2 3RQ
Office Phone: 01223 334558 (Sociology)


Trained at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor where she received her PhD in 1987, Jacqueline has held a variety of survey related positions before joining the Faculty of Social and Political Sciences (now HSPS) in 1994.   She was the Director of the Detroit Area Study, from 1989-1990; and Director of the ESRC Centre on Micro-Social Change, at the University of Essex from 1990-1994, where she was responsible for the initial design and implementation of the British Household Panel Study. She was Guest Professor, Zentrum für Umfragen, Methoden und Analysen (ZUMA).  Mannheim, Germany (1993, 2005) .

From 2004-2010 she was the Director of the ESRC Research Priority Network on Gender Inequalities in Production and Reproduction. This is the largest research multi-disciplinary network of its kind in the UK.  She co-ordinates projects across eight institutions that are investigating different aspects of the way women and men’s roles and lifestyles have changed.  The common goal of the Network is to understand why gender inequalities remains one of the most pressing social issues of our time and to identify ways that greater equality may be achieved.  For further details see

Research Interests

Her research interests focus particularly on gender inequalities and changing gender roles; changing family and household structures; inter-generational relations; generational shifts in attitudes and behaviours and  life course processes.

Key Publications

Selected publications can be downloaded at

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History of Wealth Project

This project, co-funded by the Philomathia Foundation and the Isaac Newton Trust, investigates the broader significance of wealth an inheritance in 19th and early-20th century Britain.

This programme was launched by POLIS in October 2013, and aims to train future policy-makers to value and promote evidence-based policies that can most benefit society.