Professor Chris Skinner

Social statistics; survey methodology; data confidentiality

Elected 2004


Chris Skinner has been Professor of Statistics at the London School of Economics since 2011. Before then, he held successive academic positions at the University of Southampton, including Leverhulme Professor of Social Statistics, following a PhD there in 1982. His research interests focus on statistical aspects of survey methodology and he directed the ESRC Centre for Applied Social Surveys (2001-05). He also directed the European Science Foundation programme on Quantitative Methods in the Social Sciences (2003-07) and was the founder Director of ESRC's National Centre for Research Methods (2004-09). He also researches the methodology of official statistics, initiating both a long-standing contract on statistical methodology and a collaborative Masters programme in Official Statistics between the University of Southampton and the Office for National Statistics. He has served on the Statistical Methods Advisory Committee of Statistics Canada as well as on various UK government advisory committees. He is a Fellow of the American Statistical Association and an elected Member of the International Statistical Institute. He was awarded the West prize by the Royal Statistical Society for contributions to official statistics. In 2010 he was awarded a CBE for services to social science.

Current post

Professor of Statistics, London School of Economics and Political Science

Past appointments

London School of Economics and Political Science University of London Professor of Statistics

Oct 2011 -

University of Southampton Leverhulme Professor of Social Statistics

Jan 2006 - Sep 2011

University of Southampton Professor of Social Statistics, University of Southampton

Jan 1994 - Jan 2006

University of Southampton Lecturer, Senior Lecturer

Jan 1982 - Jan 1994


Assessing identification risk in survey micro-data Journal of the American Statistical Association 2008

Estimation in dual frame surveys with complex designs Journal of the American Statistical Association 1996

Analysis of Survey Data Wiley 2003

Analysis of Complex Surveys Wiley 1989

Weighting for unequal selection probabilities in multilevel models (with discussion) Journal of the Royal Statistical Society, Series B 1998

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