Aidan Kelly, BA (Hons), MA

Position held:
Senior Lecturer

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“One of the ironies of the contemporary academy is that the judgements about the quality of sociological research made by sociologists on the RAE 2008 panel, whose intellectual world is dominated by an anti-positivist stance, are to a high degree predicted by a simple three variable statistical model embodying an opposing ontology and epistemology”

Aidan Kelly


I offer a third year option on the BA Sociology degree called ‘Making Data Matter’. My main responsibility at Goldsmiths is to provide post-graduate training in quantitative methods for the Doctoral Training Centre in the social sciences to be established jointly at Goldsmiths and Queen Mary, University of London.  I support the ESRC initiative in quantitative methods and I am interested in supervising students who wish to use of quantitative methods in their doctoral research.

Areas of supervision

I have supervised PhD students in industrial relations, social policy, housing and education. I have supervised dissertations and research reports produced by Masters’ degree students on a wide range of topics.

Research interests

Quantitative Modelling

My research has involved the analysis of the ‘naturally occurring’ data produced for the various research evaluation exercises in the UK.  This data, and the journal citation reports constructed by Thompson Reuters,  have been used to predict the outcomes of the 2008 RAE for Business and Management Studies and for Sociology. Also, this data has been used to validate the judgements of journal quality published as the Association of Business Schools guide to Journal Quality.

Selected publications

Number of items: 13.


Rowlinson, Michael, Harvey, Charles, Kelly, Aidan and Morris, Huw. 2013. Accounting for Research Quality: Research Audits and the Journal Rankings Debate. Critical Perspectives on Accounting, n/a, pp. 1-19. ISSN 1045-2354 [Article]

Kelly, Aidan, Harvey, Charles, Morris, Huw and Rowlinson, Michael. 2013. Accounting Journals and the ABS Guide: A Review of Evidence and Inference. Management & Organizational History, n/a(n/a), pp. 1-22. ISSN 1744-9359 [Article]

Rowlinson, Michael, Harvey, Charles and Kelly, Aidan. 2012. The use and abuse of journal quality lists. Organization, 18(4), pp. 443-446. [Article]

Morris, H., Harvey, C., Kelly, Aidan and Rowlinson, Michael. 2011. Food for Thought? A Rejoinder on peer-review and RAE2008 evidence. Accounting Education, December 2011. Accounting Education, pp. 561-573. [Article]

Kelly, Aidan, Morris, Huw and Harvey, Charles. 2009. ABS Guide to Journal Quality in Business and Management Studies (2009, third edition). The ABS Journal Quality Guide 2009, [Article]

Morris, Huw, Harvey, Charles and Kelly, Aidan. 2009. Journal rankings and the ABS Journal Quality Guide. Management Decision, 47(9), pp. 1441-1451. ISSN 0025-1747 [Article]

Kelly, Aidan, Morris, Huw, Rowlinson, Michael and Harvey, Charles. 2009. Modelling the Outcome of the UK Business and Management Studies RAE 2008 with reference to the ABS Journal Quality Guide. ABS Academic Journal Quality Guide, Versio, [Article]

Book Section

Kelly, Aidan and Burrows, Roger. 2012. Measuring the Value of Sociology? Some Notes on Performative Metricisation in the Contemporary Academy. In: Lisa Adkins and Celia Lury, eds. Measure and Value. Malden: Wiley-Blackwell, pp. 130-150. ISBN 978-1-4443-3958-1 [Book Section]

Kelly, Aidan. 1991. The enterprise culture and the welfare state: restructuring the management of the health and personal social services. In: Roger Burrows, ed. Deciphering the enterprise culture: entrepreneurship, petty capitalism and the restructuring of Britain. London and New York: Routledge, pp. 136-151. ISBN 041504335 [Book Section]

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