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Professor Jane Elliott

Professor (Sociology)


01392 725682

Lazenby House 1.01

My main research interests include gender and employment, healthy ageing, longitudinal research methodology, combining qualitative and quantitative research and narrative. My first book ‘Using Narrative in Social Research: Qualitative and Quantitative Approaches’ was published by Sage in 2005. 

From January 2023 I will be the Director of Research and Impact for the Department of Social and Political Sciences, Philosophy and Anthropology.

Research supervision

Current  Post-graduate Research students:

Jen Wilcox

Teo Manea Hauskeller

I am happy to consider supervising students in my areas of interest: gender, narrative, ageing

For more information about our PhD programmes, funding opportunities, and how to apply, please see here.

Other information

I was the Interdisciplinary member of the Sociology Sub-Panel (UoA 21) for the 2021 Research Excellence Framework.

Since March 2018 I have been a member of the standing panel of FNR's ATTRACT Programme: And since July 2020 I have been a member of the Scientific Council for FNR Luxembourg. 

I am a member of the Advisory Board for the project: 'Secondary education and social change in the UK since 1945'

[PI Professor Peter Mandler]

Membership of professional organisations:

British Sociological Association

Radical Statistics


My role at the University of Exeter is 70% FTE to allow me time for non-executive and voluntary roles. I currently volunteer with the Chagford Sanctuary project. My personal/domestic website is: and Twitter feed is @edgeofthemoor

Modules taught


Before joining the Department of Sociology, Philosophy and Anthropology in September 2017 I was the Chief Executive of the Economic and Social Research Council (2014 – 2017).  Prior to 2014 I was  Professor of Sociology, and Head of the Department of Quantitative Social Sciences, at the Institute of Education, University of London. In this role I was also Director of the ESRC-funded Centre for Longitudinal Studies (CLS) which manages the 1958, 1970 and Millennium Birth Cohort Studies and has recently taken responsibility for the Longitudinal Study of Young People in England. In 2012 I became the founding Director of CLOSER (Cohorts and Longitudinal Studies Enhancement Resources programme). This is a collaborative programme aimed at maximising the use, value and impact of the excellent portfolio of cohort and longitudinal studies In the UK. I have also volunteered with a number of organisations over the years including the Okehampton Foodbank and now the Chagford Sanctuary project which is supporting Ukrainians and their hosts.

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