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Dr. Jan Skopek

Associate Professor (Sociology)
3 COLLEGE GREEN


Jan Skopek, Dr., is Associate Professor at the Department of Sociology at Trinity College Dublin. He is also Head of Department (Sociology) and Fellow of the Trinity College Dublin. Previously, he held positions as post-doctoral researcher at the State Institute of Family Research at the University of Bamberg, Germany, and as post-doctoral Senior Researcher at the Comparative Life Course and Inequality Research Centre (CLIC) located at the Department of Political and Social Sciences of the European University Institute (EUI), Florence, Italy. At the EUI, he was part of the research team on the ERC-funded international comparative research project 'Education as a Lifelong Process - Comparing Educational Trajectories in Modern Societies' (eduLIFE). Before that, he headed the Research Data Centre of the German National Educational Panel Study (NEPS) located at the Leibniz Institute for Educational Trajectories (LIfBi), Bamberg (Germany). His research relates to family and social stratification, social demography, the life course, cross-national comparison, and quantitative methodology. He is co-editor of several books and is publishing in internationally renowned journals.
 Demographic and social pathways of educational reproduction: A cross-national study
 ISOTIS - Inclusive Education and Social Support to Tackle Inequalities in Society
 Can preschool reduce migrant gaps? A longitudinal study of migration-related disparities in educational opportunities and the role of early childhood education.
 The Late Divide: Gender and the Division of Labor in Older Couples
 eduLIFE: Education as a Lifelong Process. Comparing Educational Trajectories in Modern Societies.

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Referee for applicants to IRC post-graduate scholarship programme
Details Date From Date To
Comparative Life Course and Inequality Research Centre (CLIC), European University Institute, Florence/Italy 2013 2016
Institute for Longitudinal Educational Research (INBIL), Bamberg, Germany 2011 2013
International Sociological Association (ISA), Research Committee 28 on Social Stratification and Mobility 2013 today
Trinity Research in Childhood Centre (TRiCC), Trinity College Dublin, Ireland 2018 today
Skopek, J., Research Handbook on Digital Sociology, Cheltenham, UK, Edward Elgar, 2023, Book, PUBLISHED  DOI  URL
Introduction and overview to the Research Handbook on Digital Sociology in, editor(s)Skopek, J. , Research Handbook on Digital Sociology, Cheltenham, UK, Edward Elgar, 2023, pp2 - 22, [Skopek, J.], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED  DOI
Studying mate choice using digital trace data from online dating in, editor(s)Skopek, J. , Research Handbock on Digital Sociology, Cheltenham, UK, Edward Elgar, 2023, pp210 - 240, [Skopek, J.], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED  DOI  URL
Sprong, S. L., and Skopek, J. , Childcare Utilisation by Migration Background - Evidence from a Nationally Representative Irish Cohort Study, Research in Social Stratification and Social Mobility, 84, (February), 2023, p100773 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI  URL
Leesch, J., Skopek, J., Decomposing Trends in Educational Homogamy and Heterogamy - The Case of Ireland, Social Science Research, 110, (February, 102846), 2023, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI  URL
Passaretta, G., Skopek, J., van Huizen, T., Is social inequality in school-age achievement generated before or during schooling? A European perspective, European Sociological Review, 38, (6), 2022, p849 - 865, Notes: [publication accepted and forthcoming], Journal Article, ACCEPTED
Sprong, S. and Skopek, J., Academic achievement gaps by migration background at school starting age in Ireland, European Societies , 24, (5), 2022, p580 - 604, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Sprong, S. and Skopek, J., Does the "migrant gap" find its roots in the period before formal schooling? A path-model of educational achievement in primary school, Spring meeting of the RC28 - Social Stratification and Social Policy for a Post-Covid19 World, London School of Economics, London, April 21-23, 2022, 2022, Oral Presentation, PUBLISHED
Leesch, J. and Skopek, J., Decomposing Trends in Educational Assortative Mating - The Case of Ireland, Spring meeting of the RC28 - Social Stratification and Social Policy for a Post-Covid19 World, London School of Economics, London, April 21-23, 2022, 2022, Oral Presentation, PUBLISHED
Grandparent status and multigenerational relationships. in, editor(s)Norbert Schneider; Michaela Kreyenfeld , Research Handbook of Sociology of the Family , Cheltenham, UK, Edward Elgar Publishing, 2021, pp278 - 299, [Skopek, J.], Notes: [a peer review was convened by the book editor], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED  URL
  

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Passaretta, G and Skopek, J, Does Schooling Decrease Socioeconomic Inequality in Early Achievement? A Differential Exposure Approach, 7th International Conference of the National Educational Panel Study, Bamberg, Germany, December 5-6 2023, 2023, Leibniz Institute for Educational Trajectories (Bamberg, Germany), Invited Talk, PUBLISHED
Passaretta, G., Skopek, J., Does Schooling Decrease Socioeconomic Inequality in Early Achievement? A Differential Exposure Approach. , Meeting of EQOP (Socioeconomic gaps in language development and school achievement: Mechanisms of inequality and opportunity, PI: Henrik D. Zachrisson), Department of Special Needs Education, University of Oslo, January 13, 2022, Department of Special Needs Education, University of Oslo, Invited Talk, PUBLISHED
Sprong, S., Skopek, J, ECEC as a Potential Equaliser for Achievement Gaps by Migration Background: Evidence from a Quasi-experimental Population-level Study in Ireland, 2022, Working Paper, PUBLISHED
G. Passaretta, & Skopek J., Learning in school or because of school? Migration gaps in achievement and the role of schools , 2022, Working Paper, PUBLISHED
Skopek, J., Event history analysis - Introduction and advanced applications (two-day methodology workshop) , Mannheim, Germany, May 3-4, 2021, GESIS Knowledge Transfer, Training Courses, Invited Talk, PRESENTED
Skopek, J., Introduction to panel data analysis (two-day online methodology workshop), Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona/Spain, May 20/27, 2021, BACES - Barcelona Center for European Studies, Invited Talk, PRESENTED
De Vries, J., Smith, R., Skopek, J., Coughlan, P., Arikan, G. & Byrne, M., WE VALUE YOUR OPINION OF QUALITY IN TRINITY, Appendix to ISER, Dublin, Trinity College Dublin, Sept, 2021, p1 - 49, Notes: [This report is relevant to ascertaining quality of education at Trinity College Dublin and is therefore related to educational policy.], Report, PUBLISHED
Sprong, S., Skopek, J., Do migration-related gaps find their roots in the period before formal schooling? A path-model of educational achievement in primary school. , 2021, Working Paper, PUBLISHED
Sprong, S., Skopek, J., Examining the "migrant gap" at school starting age: the case of Ireland., 2021, Working Paper, PUBLISHED
Skopek, J., (keynote speaker) Education systems, schooling and achievement inequality in cross-national perspective., Conference "Heterogeneity and Inequality: Differentiation in Education and Consequences for Educational Inequalities", University of Bern, November 5-6, 2020, Sociology of Education Research Network of the Swiss Sociological Association, Invited Talk, PRESENTED

  

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Award Date
Award for exceptional study performance (Diplom-Kaufmann Hermann-Weiler Foundation) December 2004
Winner of the best paper prize and invited honorary talk, awarded by National Educational Panel Study, Leibniz Institute for Educational Trajectories, Bamberg/Germany December 2022
I am a social scientist with a core interest in the study of social stratification, social inequality, and social demography. Understanding social inequality in modern society by means of rigorous empirical determination and testing is a central concern of my research. My research portfolio has borne out major contributions to research on a) educational inequality, especially concerning the evolution of inequality in educational outcomes from early childhood to adolescence as well as the role schooling and school systems (the social organisation of schooling) play in shaping educational inequality, b) intergenerational social mobility, especially concerning the question of how change in demographic processes (such as fertility or marriage) shapes educational mobility from one generation to the next, c) gender inequality, especially concerning the question of how and why the gendered division of labour in paid and unpaid work has changed at different stages of people's lives, d) intergenerational relations and the multigenerational family, especially concerning the changing demographic makeup of the grandparent-grandchild relation and its variation across modern societies. My research employs cutting-edge quantitative-statistical research methodology, causal analysis, longitudinal designs, and cross-national comparisons, the latter frequently facilitated by international research collaborations. Apart from making substantive contributions, my work features several methodological innovations. My research also features innovative approaches in the field of digital sociology and digital social research.