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Applied Quantitative Methods Network (AQMEN): Phase II - Law

Cristina Iannelli   Paul Norris   Lindsay Paterson   Graeme Laurie

Principal investigator(s):   Susan McVie

Funding: ESRC ref ES/K006460/1

Details of funding: http://gtr.rcuk.ac.uk/projects?ref=ES/K006460/1

January 1 2013 – December 31 2016

The Applied Quantitative Methods Network (AQMeN) Phase II is a Research Centre that aims to develop a dynamic and pioneering set of projects to improve our understanding of current social issues in the UK and provide policy makers and practitioners with the evidence to build a better future.

Three principal cross-cutting research strands will exploit existing high-quality data resources:
- ‘Education and Social Stratification’ will focus on social class differences in entry to, progression in and attainment at tertiary education and how they affect individuals’ labour market outcomes and their civic participation;
- ‘Crime and Victimisation’ will explore the dramatic change in crime rates in Scotland and other jurisdictions and examines the determinants and impact of criminal careers amongst populations of offenders; and
- ‘Urban Segmentation and Inequality’ which will create innovative new measures of social segmentation and combine these with cutting-edge longitudinal and sorting-model techniques to explore the causes of neighbourhood segmentation, household location choice and neighbourhood inequalities.

Five additional projects will focus on the referendum on Scottish independence, location dynamics and ethnicity and exploiting existing datasets. The research will be fed into training activities and knowledge exchange events aimed at boosting capacity in quantitative methods amongst the UK social science community.