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ScotCen Director elected Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences

30 September 2021 | Tags: Growing up in Scotland, ScotCen, NatCen news

Paul Bradshaw, Director of ScotCen – the Scottish arm of the National Centre for Social Research (NatCen) – has been recognised as a leading expert in his field, after being conferred the award of Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences.

Paul BradshawNew Fellows are named for the excellence and impact of their work, which contributes to the social sciences for the public good. The Academy is composed of over 1400 Fellows, all leading social scientists from academia and the public, private and voluntary sectors. Through leadership, scholarship, applied research, policymaking and practice, Fellows have helped to deepen the understanding of, and address, some of the toughest challenges facing society.

Throughout his career, Paul Bradshaw has worked on a wide range of studies involving quantitative and qualitative methods and across several policy areas. His interest and experience lie mainly in survey methods, particularly longitudinal methods, and broadly in the areas of families, children and young people.

As Director of ScotCen, he has overseen several high profile Scottish and UK-wide survey projects including Growing up in Scotland, the Scottish Crime and Justice Survey, the Scottish Health Survey, the Scottish Study of Early Learning and Childcare and the Scottish Social Attitudes Survey.

Paul Bradshaw, Director, ScotCen, said: “I’m delighted to be recognised by fellow social scientists for my contribution to the discipline over the last 20 years. I have been fortunate to have worked across sectors, with talented colleagues and collaborators on a wide range of studies pursuing the common goal of generating evidence to improve people’s lives.

Working at ScotCen and leading the Growing Up in Scotland study have featured prominently in that time, affording me the opportunity to connect with multiple disciplines and methods to understand the lives of children, young people and their families in Scotland. I look forward to furthering my contribution and to participating in the work of the Academy in the coming years.”


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Notes to editors

1. ScotCen is an integral part of the National Centre for Social Research (NatCen), Britain’s largest independent social research organisation. We aim to promote a better-informed society through high quality social research (

2. Growing Up in Scotland is a large scale, longitudinal birth cohort study commissioned by the Scottish Government, which Paul has led since the study’s launch in 2005. ScotCen continues to lead this work, beginning the next sweep of data collection in 2021, engaging with cohort members who are now aged 17 years (

3. The full list of new Fellows is available from the Academy of Social Sciences website at