Publications

Edited Special Issues

Sullivan, A., Henderson, M., Anders, J. and Moulton, V. (eds) 2018 Inequalities and the Curriculum. Oxford Review of Education.

Sullivan, A. and Brown, M. (eds) 2015 Generation X Enters Middle Age. Longitudinal and Life Course Studies.

Heath, A. and Sullivan, A. (eds) 2011. Expansion and Equity in Secondary Education. Oxford Review of Education 37(2)

Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

McElroy, E., Richards, M., Fitzsimons, E., Conti, G., Ploubidis, G. B., Sullivan, A., & Moulton, V. (2021). Influence of childhood socioeconomic position and ability on mid-life cognitive function: evidence from three British birth cohortsJ Epidemiol Community Health.

Suissa, J. and Sullivan, S. (2021) The Gender Wars, Academic Freedom and Education, Journal of Philosophy of Education, 55(1): 55-82.

Sullivan, A., Moulton, V., & Fitzsimons, E. (2021). The intergenerational transmission of language skillThe British Journal of Sociology.

Sullivan, A., Parsons, S., Ploubidis, G., Green, F., & Wiggins, R. D. (2020). Pathways from origins to destinations: Stability and change in the roles of cognition, private schools and educational attainment. The British Journal of Sociology71(5), 921-938.

Sullivan, A. (2020). Response to Fugard and HinesInternational Journal of Social Research Methodology23(5), 539-540.

Sullivan, A. (2020). Sex and the census: Why surveys should not conflate sex and gender identity. International Journal of Social Research Methodology23(5), 517-524. Open access version SSRN.

Sullivan, A., Parsons, S., Ploubidis, G., Wiggins, R. D., & Green, F. (2020). Education and psychological distress in adolescence and mid‐life: Do private schools make a difference?British Educational Research Journal.

Hamer, M., Stamatakis, E., Chastin, S., Pearson, N., Brown, M., Gilbert, E., & Sullivan, A. (2019). Feasibility of measuring sedentary time with thigh worn accelerometry, and sociodemographic correlates: the 1970 British Cohort Study. American Journal of Epidemiology.

Abuabara, K., Ye, M., McCulloch, C. E., Sullivan, A., Margolis, D. J., Strachan, D. P., … & Langan, S. M. (2019). Clinical onset of atopic eczema: Results from 2 nationally representative British birth cohorts followed through midlife. Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, 144(3), 710-719.

O’Neill, D., Benzeval, M., Boyd, A., Calderwood, L., Cooper, C., Corti, L. Fitzsimons, E. Goodman, A. Hardy, R. Inskip, H. Molloy, L. Sacker, A. Sullivan, A., Park, A.  (2019). Data resource profile: cohort and longitudinal studies enhancement resources (CLOSER). International journal of epidemiology, 48(3), 675-676i.

Sullivan, A., Parsons, S., Green, F., Wiggins, R. D., Ploubidis, G., & Huynh, T. (2018). Educational attainment in the short and long term: was there an advantage to attending faith, private, and selective schools for pupils in the 1980s?. Oxford Review of Education, 44(6), 806-822.

Tsoli, S., Theocharaki, F., Sullivan, A., & Ploubidis, G. B. (2018). Social determinants of health in population-based cohort studies, UK: a systematic review. European Journal of Public Health, 28(suppl_4), cky214-063.

Henderson, M., Sullivan, A., Anders, J., & Moulton, V. (2018). Social class, gender and ethnic differences in subjects taken at age 14. The Curriculum Journal, 29(3), 298-318.

Sullivan, A., Parsons, S., Green, F., Wiggins, R. D., & Ploubidis, G. (2018). The path from social origins to top jobs: social reproduction via education. The British journal of sociology, 69(3), 776-798.

Sullivan, A., Parsons, S., Green, F., Wiggins, R. D., & Ploubidis, G. (2018). Elite universities, fields of study and top salaries: Which degree will make you rich?. British educational research journal, 44(4), 663-680.

Green, F., Henseke, G., Parsons, S., Sullivan, A., & Wiggins, R. (2018). Do private school girls marry rich?. Longitudinal and Life Course Studies, 9(3), 327-350.

Green, F., Parsons, S., Sullivan, A., & Wiggins, R. (2018). Dreaming big? Self-valuations, aspirations, networks and the private-school earnings premium. Cambridge Journal of Economics, 42(3), 757-778.

Anders, J., Henderson, M., Moulton, V., & Sullivan, A. (2018). Incentivising Specific Combinations of Subjects–Does It Make Any Difference to University Access?. National Institute Economic Review, 243, R37-R52.

Moulton, V., Sullivan, A., Henderson, M., & Anders, J. (2018). Does what you study at age 14–16 matter for educational transitions post-16?. Oxford Review of Education, 44(1), 94-117.

Sullivan, A., Henderson, M., Anders, J. and Moulton, V. (eds) 2018 Inequalities and the Curriculum: Introduction. Oxford Review of Education. 44(1), 1-5.

Anders, J., Henderson, M., Moulton, V. & Sullivan, A. (2018) The role of schools in explaining individuals’ subject choices at age 14. Oxford Review of Education. 44(1), 75-93.

Moulton, V., Flouri, E., Joshi, H., & Sullivan, A. 2018. Individual-level predictors of young children’s aspirations. Research Papers in Education, 33(1), 24-41.

Parsons, S., Green, F., Ploubidis, G. B., Sullivan, A., & Wiggins, R. D. 2017. The influence of private primary schooling on children’s learning: Evidence from three generations of children living in the UK. British Educational Research Journal, 43(5), 823-847.

Bann, D., Hamer, M., Parsons, S., Ploubidis, G. B., & Sullivan, A. 2017. Does an elite education benefit health? Findings from the 1970 British Cohort Study. International Journal of Epidemiology, 46(1), 293-302.

Ploubidis, G., Sullivan, A., Brown, M. and Goodman, A. 2017. Psychological distress in mid-life: evidence from the 1958 and 1970 British birth cohorts Psychological Medicine 47 (2), 291-303

Henderson, M., Sullivan, A., Anders, J., & Moulton, V. 2017. Social class, gender and ethnic differences in subjects taken at age 14. The Curriculum Journal, 1-21.

Moulton, V., Flouri, E., Joshi, H., & Sullivan, A. 2017. The influence of grandparents’ social class on children’s aspirations. British Journal of Sociology of Education, 38(4), 500-517.

Flouri, E., Midouhas, E., Joshi, H., & Sullivan, A. 2016. Socioeconomic Disadvantage and Children’s Behaviour Problems: the Role of Early Aspirations. Longitudinal and Life Course Studies, 7(2), 144-164.

Moulton, V., Flouri, E., Joshi, H., & Sullivan, A. 2015. The role of aspirations in young children’s emotional and behavioural problems. British Educational Research Journal, 41(6), 925-946.

Flouri, E., Midouhas, E., Joshi, H., & Sullivan, A. 2015. Neighbourhood social fragmentation and the mental health of children in poverty. Health & place, 31, 138-145.

Sullivan, A. and Brown, M. 2015. Reading for pleasure and attainment in vocabulary and mathematics. British Educational Research Journal, 41 (6), 971-991.

Flouri, E, Midouhas, E, Joshi, H and Sullivan, A. 2015. Neighbourhood social fragmentation and the mental health of children in poverty. Health & Place, 31, 138-145.

Sullivan, A., Brown, M. and Bann, D. 2015. Guest Editorial: Generation X enters middle age. Longitudinal and Life Course Studies 6(2), 120-130.

Sullivan, A. and Brown, M. 2015. Vocabulary from adolescence to middle-age. Longitudinal and Life Course Studies 6(2), 173-189.

Moulton, V, Flouri, E, Joshi, H and Sullivan, A. 2015 Fantasy, unrealistic and uncertain aspirations and children’s emotional and behavioural adjustment in primary school. Longitudinal and Life Course Studies 6(1), 107-119.

Moulton, V, Flouri, E, Joshi, H and Sullivan, A. 2015 The role of aspirations in young children’s emotional and behavioural problems. British Educational Research Journal. 41 (6) 925-946.

Sullivan, A., Parsons, S., Wiggins, R., Heath, A. and Green, F. 2014 Social origins, school type and higher education destinations. Oxford Review of Education 40 (6): 739-763 [invited contribution to 40th anniversary special issue].

Juneau, C-E, Sullivan, A., Dodgeon, B., Côté, S. Ploubidis, G.B. and Potvin, L. 2014 ‘Life course social class and physical activity at 34 years in the 1970 British Birth Cohort’ Annals of Epidemiology 24(9) 642-647.

Sullivan, A., Ketende, S. and Joshi, H. (2013) Social Class and Inequalities in Early Cognitive Scores. Sociology. 47(6) 1187-1206.

Zimdars, A., Jones, S., Sullivan, A. and Heath, A. 2013 ‘Framing higher education: questions and responses in the British Social Attitudes Survey, 1983-2010’ British Journal of Sociology of Education. 34 (5/6). [Special Issue on the theme ‘Education and Social Mobility’]

Heath, A., Sullivan, A., Boliver, V. and Zimdars, A. 2013 ‘Education under New Labour: 1997-2010’ Oxford Review of Economic Policy. 29(1) 227-247.

Miles, A. and Sullivan, A. 2012. ‘Understanding Taste and Participation in Culture and Sport: Mixing Methods, Reordering Knowledges.’ Cultural Trends. 21(4) 311-324.

Sullivan, A., Joshi, H. and Leonard, D. 2012 ‘Single-sex and co-educational schooling: What are the social and family outcomes, in the short and longer term?’ Longitudinal and Life Course Studies. 3(1) 137-157. [Selected by British Educational Research Association 40@40 as one of the 40 best pieces of published education research in the last 40 years]

Heath, A. and Sullivan, A. 2011. ‘Introduction: The democratisation of upper-secondary education?’ Oxford Review of Education. 37(2) 123-138.

Sullivan, A., Heath, A. and Rothon, C. 2011. ‘Equalisation or inflation? Social class and gender differences in England’. Oxford Review of Education. 37(2) 215-240.

Sullivan, A. 2011. ‘The Intergenerational Transmission of Lifestyles’ Kölner Zeitschrift für Soziologie und Sozialpsychologie. Sonderheft 51: 196-222 [Invited special issue on ‘Lebensstilforschung’ (Lifestyles Research)].

Sullivan, A., Joshi, H. and Leonard, D. 2011. ‘Single-sex schooling and labour market outcomes’. Oxford Review of Education. 37(3) 311-332.

Sullivan, A., Zimdars, A. and Heath, A. 2010 ‘The social structure of the 14-16 curriculum in England’. International Studies in the Sociology of Education 20(1), 5-21. [Invited special issue]

Sullivan, A., Joshi, H. and Leonard, D. 2010 ‘Single-sex schooling and academic attainment at school and through the lifecourse’. American Educational Research Journal 47(1), 6-36.

Zimdars, A., Sullivan, A. and Heath, A. 2009. ‘Elite higher education admissions in the arts and sciences: Is cultural capital the key?’ Sociology 43(4), 648-666.

Sullivan, A. 2009.‘Academic self-concept, gender and single-sex schooling’ British Educational Research Journal 35(2) 259-288.

Sullivan, A.2007. ‘Cultural capital, cultural knowledge and ability’ Sociological Research Online 12(6). [Invited special issue].

Sullivan, A. 2006. ‘Students as Rational Decision-Makers: the question of beliefs and attitudes’ London Review of Education 4(2), 271-290.

Van der Werfhorst, H., Sullivan, A. and Cheung, S-Y. 2003. ‘Social Class, Ability and Choice of Subject in Secondary and Tertiary Education in Britain’ British Educational Research Journal 29(1), 41-62.

Sullivan, A. 2002. ‘Bourdieu and Education: How Useful is Bourdieu’s Theory for Researchers?’ Netherlands Journal of Social Sciences 38(2), 144-166.

Sullivan, A. 2001.‘Cultural Capital and Educational Attainment’ Sociology 35(4), 893-912.[Reproduced in Gorard, S. (ed.) 2008.Quantitative Research in Education. Sage, London.]

Book Chapters

Sullivan, A., & Calderwood, L. 2016. Surveys: Longitudinal, Cross-sectional and Trend Studies. (pp395-415) In (eds) Dominic Wyse, Neil Selwyn, Emma Smyth and Larry E. Suter The BERA/SAGE Handbook of Educational Research, BERA/Sage.

Boliver, V., & Sullivan, A. 2016. Getting up and staying up: understanding social mobility over three generations in Britain. In Social Mobility for the 21st Century: Everyone a Winner?. Lawler, S. & Payne, G. Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge. pp54-66.

Brown, M. and Sullivan, A. 2014 ‘Cognitive Development’. In L. Platt (ed.) Millennium Cohort Study: Initial findings from the age 11 survey. Centre for Longitudinal Studies, London.

Sullivan, A., and Joshi, H. 2014 ‘The life course consequences of single-sex and co-educational schooling’. In I. Schoon and J. Eccles (eds) Gender Differences in Aspirations and Attainment: A life course approach. CUP, Cambridge.

Zimdars, A., Sullivan, A. and Heath, A. 2012 ‘A Limit to Expansion? Attitudes to University Funding, Fees and Opportunities’ (pp77-90). In A. Park et al. British Social Attitudes 28. Sage, London.

Sullivan, A. and Unwin, L. 2011. ‘Towards Compulsory Education in England’ (pp117-136). In S. Lamb and R. Teese (eds) International Studies of School Completion and Dropout: Research, Theory and Policy. Springer/Verlag, Berlin.

Sullivan, A. 2010. ‘Ethnicity, community and social capital’ (pp33-52) in S. Dex, K. Hansen and H. Joshi (eds) Children of the 21st Century. Polity Press, Cambridge.

Zimdars, A., Sullivan, A., and Heath, A. 2009. ‘Cultural Capital and Access to Highly Selective Education: The Case of Admission to Oxford.’ (pp117-128) In K. Robson and C. Sanders (eds) Quantifying Bourdieu. Springer/Verlag, Berlin.

Sullivan, A. and Whitty, G. 2007. ‘Social Inequalities in Education Policy in England’ (pp49-68) In R. Teese, S. Lamb and M. Duru-Bellat (eds) Education and Equity: International Perspectives on Policy and Practice. Springer/Verlag, Berlin.

Lupton, R. and Sullivan, A. 2007. ‘The London Context’ In Brighouse T. and Fullick, L. (eds) Education in a Global City: Essays from London. Bedford Way Papers, London.

Sullivan, A. and Whitty, G. 2005.‘Social Inequalities and Education Policy in England’. In S. Delorenzi, J. Reed and P. Robinson (eds) MaintainingMomentum: Promoting Social Mobility and Life Chances from Early Years to Adulthood. IPPR, London.

Sullivan, A. and Heath, A. 2003. ‘Intakes and Examination Results at State and Private Schools’. In G. Walford (ed.) British Private Schools: research on policy and practice. Woburn Press, London.

Research Reports

Connelly, R. Sullivan, A. and Jerrim, J. (2014)Primary and secondary education and poverty review. Joseph Rowntree Foundation, London.

Sullivan, A. et al. (2010) The Consequences at Age 7 of Early Childhood Disadvantage in Northern Ireland and Great Britain. OfmDfm, Belfast.

Sullivan, A.et al. (2010) The Consequences of Childhood Disadvantage in Northern Ireland at age 5. OfmDfm, Belfast.

Sullivan, A. and Dex, S. (eds) 2009. Millennium Cohort Study: Sweep Three Scotland Report. The Scottish Government, Edinburgh.

Sullivan, A. 2008. ‘Social Capital and Ethnicity’ (pp 270-294). In K. Hansen and H. Joshi (eds) Millennium Cohort Study Third Survey: A User’s Guide to Initial Findings. Centre for Longitudinal Studies, London.

Sullivan, A. and Joshi, H. 2008.‘Child Health’ (pp 145-202). In K. Hansen and H. Joshi (eds) Millennium Cohort Study Third Survey: A User’s Guide to Initial Findings. Centre for Longitudinal Studies, London.

Dezateux, C., Sullivan, A., Hawkins, S., Cole, T. and Joshi, H. 2007. ‘Child Health’ (pp 73-93). In K. Hansen and H. Joshi (eds) Millennium Cohort Study Second Survey: A User’s Guide to Initial Findings. Centre for Longitudinal Studies, London.

Ward, K., Sullivan, A. and Bradshaw, J. 2007. ‘Income and Poverty’ (pp 170-180). In K. Hansen and H. Joshi (eds) Millennium Cohort Study Second Survey: A User’s Guide to Initial Findings. Centre for Longitudinal Studies, London.

Leonard, D., Joshi, H. and Sullivan, A. 2007. Single-sex and Co-educational Schooling: Lifecourse consequences? ESRC.

NECF 2006. Working to prevent the social exclusion of children and young people: Final lessons from the National Evaluation of the Children’s Fund. DfES Research Report 734.

Ballarino, G., Bien, W., Bischoff, P., Cheung, S.-Y., Jonsson, J.O. and Sullivan, A. 2000. Innovation, Flexibility, Training and Education: Link with the Family Situation. EU Commission, Brussels.

Working Papers

Anders,J. Henderson, M., Moulton,V., Sullivan, A. (2018) The role of schools in explaining individuals’ subject choices at age 14 CLS Working Paper

Anders, J, Henderson, M, Moulton, V, Sullivan, A (2017) ‘Incentivising specific combinations of subjects: does it make any difference to university access?’ CLS working paper 2017/11. London: Centre for Longitudinal Studies

Anders, J, Henderson, M, Moulton, V, Sullivan, A (2017) ‘A note on subject choice at age 14 and socio-economic inequality in access to university’ CLS working paper 2017/10. London: Centre for Longitudinal Studies

Moulton, V, Henderson, M, Anders, J, Sullivan, A (2017) ‘Continuing education post-16: does what you study at GCSE matter?’ CLS working paper 2017/8. London: Centre for Longitudinal Studies

Sullivan, A, Moulton, V, Fitzsimons, E (2017) ‘The intergenerational transmission of vocabulary’ CLS working paper 2017/14. London: Centre for Longitudinal Studies

Sullivan, A. and Brown, M. 2014. ‘Vocabulary from adolescence to middle-age’ CLS working paper 2014/7. London: Centre for Longitudinal Studies.

Parsons, S., Sullivan, A., Brown, M. 2013. ‘Research on health and health behaviours based on the 1970 British Cohort Study’. CLS Data Note, London: Centre for Longitudinal Studies.

Sullivan, A. and Brown, M. 2013. ‘Social inequalities in cognitive scores at age 16: The role of reading’. CLS Working Paper 2013/10. London: Centre for Longitudinal Studies.

Sullivan, A., Voas, D. and Brown, M. 2012. ‘The art of asking questions about religion’. CLS Data Note, London: Centre for Longitudinal Studies.

Sullivan, A., Joshi, H. and Leonard, D. 2008. ‘Single-sex Schooling and Academic Attainment at School and Through the Lifecourse’. CLS Working Paper, London: Centre for Longitudinal Studies.

Sullivan, A. 2006. ‘Academic Self-Concept, Gender and Single-Sex Schooling in the 1970 Birth Cohort Study’ CLS Working Paper, London: Centre for Longitudinal Studies.

Sullivan, A. and Heath, A.F.2002. ‘State and Private Schools in England and Wales’. Working paper number 2002-02, Department of Sociology, University of Oxford.

Sullivan, A. 2001. ‘Students as Rational Decision-Makers: The Question of Beliefs and Desires’. Working paper number 2001-02, Department of Sociology, University of Oxford.

Writing for Wider Audiences

Sullivan, Al. 2020. ‘Coronavirus shows why it’s vital to distinguish sex and gender’. Spectator. https://www.spectator.co.uk/article/Coronavirus-shows-why-its-vital-to-distinguish-sex-and-gender

Sullivan, A. Suissa, J. Smith, H. and Gourlay, L. 2019. ‘UCU must stand up for academic freedom on sex and gender’. Times Higher Education. https://www.timeshighereducation.com/blog/ucu-must-stand-academic-freedom-sex-and-gender

Smith, H., Suissa, S. and Sullivan, A. 2019. ‘Should feminists be no-platformed?’ Morning Star. https://morningstaronline.co.uk/article/f/should-feminists-be-no-platformed

Sullivan, A. and Suissa, J. 2019. ‘The gender wars, academic freedom and education’. BERA blog. https://www.bera.ac.uk/blog/the-gender-wars-academic-freedom-and-education

Sullivan, A. 2018. ‘Elite universities, fields of study and top salaries: Which degree will make you rich?’. BERA blog.

Sullivan, A. 2018. ‘Why education research needs working papers’. BERA blog.

Sullivan, A. 2017. ‘How evidence based are the Conservative manifesto proposals on Grammar schools?’ IOE blog and Education Media Centre.

Sullivan, A. 2017 ‘The path from social origins to top jobs: is it all about education?’ American Sociological Association ‘Work in Progress’ blog

Goodman, A. and Sullivan, A. 2016 ‘Give it time’ IOE blog

Sullivan, A. and Wyse, D. 2016. ‘Does traditional grammar instruction improve children’s writing ability?’ IOE blog.

Sullivan, A. 2015. ‘The Life-long Benefits of Reading for Pleasure’. The School Librarian 63(1) 5.

Sullivan, A. 2014. ‘Grammar schools don’t give pupils a better chance of getting into elite universities’. The Conversation. 21/11/14.

Sullivan, A. 2014. ‘Your vocabulary aged 40 depends on how much you read as a teenager’. The Conversation. 6/11/14.

Sullivan, A. 2013. ‘Reading for fun improves children’s brains, study confirms’. The Guardian. 16/09/2013.

Sullivan, A., Brown, M. 2013. ‘Overweight and obesity in mid-life: Evidence from the 1970 birth cohort study at age 42’. CLS Briefing Paper, London: Centre for Longitudinal Studies.