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Comparative Inequalities, Education and Families (CRIEF)

The Comparative Research on Inequalities, Education and Families (CRIEF) research unit represents a vibrant and prolific group that combines quantitative and qualitative methodologies by using comparative case studies, observational data and experimental designs. CRIEF has three main areas:

  1. Inequalities: Social stratification and well-being processes from early childhood to old age (Yekaterina Chzhen, Pablo Gracia, Richard Layte, Peter Mühlau, Jan Skopek).
  2. Education: Educational systems and processes linked to academic performance and identities of individuals and groups; cross-national comparative curriculum analysis and religion in schools and society (Daniel Faas, Jan Skopek).
  3. Families: Gendered and socioeconomic processes in families affecting individuals’ well-being, time use and norms over the life course (Pablo Gracia, Richard Layte, Cadhla McDonnell, David Ralph, Jan Skopek).

CRIEF researchers have published their research in leading outlets and received grants from top international funding agencies like the Horizon 2020 Programme, Marie Sklodowska-Curie-Actions, Irish Research Council and Health Research Board. Researchers at CRIEF actively collaborate with national and international research centres, networks and organisations including ECSR, ESRI, TRiCC and TILDA. CRIEF is committed to creating high scientific, social and policy impact.   


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