Professor Heather Joshi FBA

Elected 2000

UK Fellow
Economics, Sociology

My research background in economic demography, focussed on questions of gender differences in the labour market, the impact of childrearing of women's lifetime incomes, and effects of maternal employment on child bearing and child development. These topics involved the use of longitudinal data, principally from the UK, and increasingly involved in the production of longitudinal datasets and their provision to other users. I became the director of the Centre for Longitudinal Studies at the Institute of Education (now in UCL) which houses several of the national birth cohort studies from 2003 to 2010. I was the founder director of one of them, the UK Millennium Cohort from 2000. I was also the founder president of the Society for Longitudinal and Lifecourse Studies 2 012-12, and have also been the president of the European Society for Population Economics (1996) and the British Society for Population Studies (1998-9), and Co-chair of the European Child Cohort Network from 2008-2013. Former affiliations include the London School of Hygiene, Birkbeck College and City University. Current research includes interdisciplinary and international studies of residential mobility, neighbourhood, children's mental health; the co-development of cognitive and non-cognitive skills in children, and their consequences in adult life. Awarded CBE in 2015 for services to longitudinal and women's studies.

Current post

Professor Emerita of Economic and Developmental Demography in Education, UCL Institute of Education

Past appointments

Institute of Education University of London Professor Emerita of Economic and Developmental Demography in Education

Jan 2011 -

Institute of Education University of London Professor of Economic and Developmental Demography

Jan 1998 - Jan 2011

City University Professor, Social Statistics Research Unit

Jan 1993 - Jan 1998

Centre for Population Studies, School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine University of London Research Fellow, Senior Research Fellow and Senior Lecturer (other than between 1987-90)

Jan 1979 - Jan 1993

University of Oxford Research Officer

Jan 1970 -

Institute of Education University of London Professor Emerita

Jan 1970 -

Goverment Economic Service Economic Adviser

Jan 1970 -

Economics Dept Birkbeck College Senior Research Fellow

Jan 1970 -


The Millennium cohort study as a resource for social science and policy (with E Fitsimons) Longitudinal and Lifecourse Studies (Oct-16)

Children born after unplanned pregnancies and cognitive development at 3 years: social differentials in the United Kingdom Millennium Cohort (with E de la Rochbrochard) American Journal of Epidemiology (2013)

Children of the 21st Century; the first five years (2010)

Children of the 21st Century: The first 9 months (2005)

Production, Reproduction and Education: women, children and work in contemporary Britain. Population and Development Review (2002)

Women's incomes over the lifetime (2000)

Unequal pay for women and men: evidence from the British birth cohort studies (1998)

The changing population of Britain (1989)

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