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Research Profile

Prof Chris Taylor 

Career Profile

Chris came to the Cardiff School of Social Sciences in January 2000. Prior to that he was a lecturer in human geography at the University of Leicester. Chris has worked on a number of research projects including: an ESRC-funded project (Measuring Markets) investigating the changing socio-economic composition of secondary school intakes in England and Wales since the introduction of the 1988 Education Reform; as the manager of the ESRC-funded Teaching and Learning Research Programme (TLRP) Research Capacity Building Network (RCBN) established to support the research capacity activities of the TLRP, and where possible extend these to the wider educational research community; and Deputy Director of QUALITI - Qualitative Research Methods in the Social Sciences: Innovation, Integration and Impact, part of the ESRC National Centre for Research Methods.

Chris is the lead investigator for the three-year Welsh Government-funded independent evaluation of the Foundation Phase - the new early years education programme in Wales for 3 to 7 year olds. He also currently holds an ESRC Mid-Career Fellowship - Growing up in 21st Century Britain: spatial analysis of the Millennium Cohort Study- to develop his skills and analysis using the Millennium Cohort Study. Chris is also the deputy scientific-coordinator for the European Commission's Network of Expertise in Social Aspects of Education and Training (NESET) whose mission is to advise and support the Commission in the analysis of educational policies and reforms, and to consider their implications at national, regional and European level.

Chris is also the research convenor of the Education and Policy Analysis Research Group within the Cardiff School of Social Sciences. He is also currently the Chair of the Undergraduate Examination Board for the School of Social Science. Chris is an active member of the British Educational Research Association (BERA) (and was an elected member of the Executive Council between 2003 and 2006), the American Educational Research Association (AERA), and the European Educational Research Association (EERA).

Memberships / External Activities

Teaching Profile


  • Dissertation (Year 3 module)
  • Conflict and Change in Education Policy (Year 3 module)
  • Education and Society (Year 1 module)


  • Research Methods (Masters and Professional Doctorate modules)
  • Research and Evidence-Based Policy and Practice (Professional Doctorate module)
  • Strategies of Applied Research (Masters module in MSc Social Science Research Methods (ESRC 1+3))

Chris has supervised a number of masters and PhD research topics including: school truancy, school vouchers, higher education participation and paid employment among undergraduates.