Andy Ross was appointed as an Associate Fellow of the Strategic Society Centre in July 2011. He read Sociology at the University of East Anglia, has an MSc in Social Research Methods and Statistics from City University. Previously he worked as a Researcher Director for the National Centre for Social Research, heading up secondary analysis in the children and young people team where he was also Deputy Director of the Department for Education Centre for the Analysis of Youth Transitions. Prior to this Andy worked at the Institute of Education on two ESRC priority networks examining the development and persistence of capability and resilience, and gender inequality in production and reproduction. He has undertaken extensive analysis of LSYPE, including studies commissioned by DfE on young people’s disengagement, the impact of vocational education, intergenerational transmission of worklessness, multiple disadvantage and young people’s alcohol consumption. Other areas of research include the dynamics of changing attitudes using BHPS and an investigation of the experience of older carers using ELSA.