Dr Dave Griffiths

Dr Dave Griffiths

Lecturer in Quantitative Methods

david.griffiths@stir.ac.uk 01786 467729

Sociology/Social Pol&Criminology 3S6 Colin Bell Building, University of Stirling Stirling FK9 4LA United Kingdom

About me

My research focuses on social connections and social advantage. I'm currently on research leave on the ESRC-funded project Is Britain Pulling Apart? which looks at the changes over time in social distance between different groups in the UK. This builds upon a previous ESRC-funded project, Social Networks and Occupational Structure, in which we examined patterns of connections between occupational groups.

My main analytical tools are social network analysis and social survey methods. I'm particularly interested in the way that existing large-scale social surveys can be operationalised as social network datasets.

Other research interests include elite theory and governance (my PhD, and a subsequent ESRC-funded Postdoctoral Fellowship, looking at the networks of quango board members), social capital more generally and exploring how people's social ties and connections influence their opportunities and life choices. I'm particularly interested in stratification effects and understanding how the socially advantage can utilise their connections to consolidate their position.

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