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 The 'What Do We Know and What Should We Do About...?' Series

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About the series:

The ‘What Do We Know and What Should We Do About...?' series offers readers short, up-to-date overviews of key issues often misrepresented, simplified or misunderstood in modern society and the media. Each book is written by a leading social scientist with an established reputation in the relevant subject area.




Atkinson & Jacobs - WDWK Housing

What Do We Know and What Should We Do About Housing?

by Rowland Atkinson and Keith Jacobs

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What Do We Know and What Should We Do About Social Mobility?

by Lee Elliot Major and Stephen Machin

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"Short, sharp and compelling." - The Observer

"Concise, precise, beautifully designed, illustrated and written. If you want to learn a lot about what matters most, in as short a time as possible, this is the series for you."

- Danny Dorling, Halford Mackinder Professor of Geography, University of Oxford

"This highly accessible but scholarly series which sees leading social scientists in the UK tackle some of the key issues facing us all today is exactly the sort of publication the Academy of Social Sciences has encouraged over the years."

- Roger Goodman, Chair, Academy of Social Sciences

About the authors...


Jonathan Portes

Jonathan Portes is Professor of Economics and Public Policy at King’s College London.

He served as Chief Economist at the Department for Work and Pensions from 2002 to 2008 and Chief Economist at the Cabinet Office from 2008 to 2011. He led the Cabinet Office’s economic policy work during the financial crisis and in 2011 he became Director of the National Institute of Economic and Social Research.

Melanie Simms

Melanie Simms is Professor of Work and Employment at the University of Glasgow, UK.

She writes widely on the topic of work and employment with a particular interest in two main areas: how workers get to influence changes at work; and how young people move into the labour market after education.

Mike Brewer

Mike Brewer is Chief Economist and Deputy Chief Executive at the Resolution Foundation.

He is a Research Fellow at the Institute for Fiscal Studies and is a former Professor of Economics at the University of Essex. He was a member of the National Equality Panel (2008–10), and has served on commissions or similar set up by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation and the Scottish Government.



Paul Bernal is Associate Professor of IT, IP and Media Law at the UEA Law School, University of East Anglia, UK. His research focusses on privacy and other human rights on the internet and the role of social media. He blogs, tweets and contributes to journalism on these and many other related areas.

Housing Authors

Rowland Atkinson is Research Chair in Inclusive Societies at the University of Sheffield. His work focuses on housing and city life, with a particular emphasis on inequalities and social divisions.

Keith Jacobs is Professor of Sociology at the University of Tasmania. His research focus is housing policy and he is committed to drawing attention to the insidious effects of social inequality and poverty.

Social Mobility Authors

Lee Elliot Major is the country’s first Professor of Social Mobility at the University of Exeter. He is a founding trustee of the Education Endowment Foundation, has served on several Government advisory bodies, and presented several times to the House of Commons Education Select Committee.

Stephen Machin is a Professor of Economics at the London School of Economics (LSE). He is currently director of the Centre for Economic Performance (CEP) and is a fellow of the British Academy and Society of Labor Economists.



Chris Grey

Series Editor: Chris Grey

Professor of Organization Studies at Royal Holloway University of London, having previously held professorships at Cambridge and Warwick, and Visiting Professorships at Copenhagen Business School and Université Paris-Dauphine. He is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences and his research has been profiled on Radio 4’s Thinking Allowed and Social Science Bites.


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