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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”
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.
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.
My research and teaching expertise is in the application of quantitative methodologies in sociological and public policy research. I have extensive experience of analysing complex, multi-level datasets for teaching and research purposes. I have published research on the restructuring of the welfare state including the impact of ‘the 'new managerialism’ in health and social care (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).
My quantitative analysis of trends in expenditure, unit costs and service outputs was published in the Journal of Social Policy, 1989, 1995. With Andrew Bebbington PSSRU, Kent I conducted a Department of Health funded review of the London Costs element of the standard spending assessments for the Personal Social Services. I have also produced several papers reporting attempts model the outcomes of the 2001 and 2008 Research Assessment Exercises for various disciplines including sociology (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.).
Between 2007 and 2013 I was an editor of the ABS Guide to Journal Quality in Business and Management Studies. A recent paper seeks to challenge the view that the Guide is biased in its assessment of the quality of accounting journals (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, pp. 1-22.
I have a special interests in the development of teaching and learning of quantitative methods. I am enthusiastic about the implications of critical realism and complexity theory for the development of a quantitative sociology. My current teaching is focused on the use of the Understanding Society dataset (https://www.understandingsociety.ac.uk/about) as a vehicle for the teaching of quantitative sociology at undergraduate and post graduate level courses. This involves detailed consideration of data management issues and specifically the need to address measurement issues in complex multi-level datasets.
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