John’s research interests include the economics of education , access to higher education, intergenerational mobility, cross-national comparisons and educational inequalities. He has worked extensively with the OECD Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) data, with this research reported widely in the British media. John was the recipient of an ESRC Research Scholarship 2006-2010 and awarded the prize as the ‘most promising PhD student in the quantitative social sciences’ at the University of Southampton. In October 2011 he was awarded a prestigious ESRC post-doctoral fellowship to continue his research into the educational and labour market expectations of adolescents and young adults. Since then he has won the inaugural ESRC Early Career Outstanding Impact award and has just received an ESRC grant to study cross-national comparisons of educational attainment and social mobility.