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Professor Fiona Steele


Fiona Steele joined the Graduate School in 2005 and is based in the Centre for Multilevel Modelling.  Previously, she held lectureships in statistics at the London School of Economics and the Institute of Education, University of London.

Her main interests are in methodological research motivated by social science problems, particularly in the field of demography.  She is currently working on three ESRC-funded research projects: LEMMA (a Learning Environment for Multilevel Modelling and Applications), an examination of the impact of family socio-economic status on child and adolescent outcomes (with the Centre for Market and Public Organisation at Bristol), and hierarchical analysis of unit nonresponse in sample surveys (with the University of Southampton).

As part of the LEMMA project, Fiona co-ordinates the development of an online training course in multilevel modelling.  Materials include a set of graduated modules, starting from an introduction to quantitative research and progressing to multilevel modelling of continuous data.

Fiona is a member of the Royal Statistical Society’s Social Statistics Section committee and Chair of the Avon Local Group.  She is also a member of the ESRC Research Resources Board, which has responsibility for developing resources such as data, research methods, and information technology for UK social research.

Fiona is an Associate Editor of the Sociological Methodology and a member of the editorial board for Longitudinal and Lifecourse Studies.  She was elected a Fellow of the British Academy in 2009, and awarded the Royal Statistical Society’s Guy Medal in Bronze for 2008.