Dr Mark Ramsden

at Department of Sociology, University of Cambridge


Dr Mark Ramsden is a Lecturer in Sociology.

Mark completed his undergraduate and masters degree at Liverpool University and continued at Liverpool to complete a PhD examining the evolution of the labour market in Chile during the1980s and 1990s.

His current research explores social and spatial inequalities and how they are shaped by global, social and economic forces, and how both the social and spatial aspects interrelate. With experience of working in a number of different environments, in particular Human Geography and Sociology, Mark takes an inter-disciplinary approach and combines broad sociological knowledge with specific quantitative empirical research. In particular Mark has been exploring the relationship between housing and labour markets, schooling and ethnicity. Recent research focuses on how social and spatial inequalities are reproduced via the family, through education and labour markets, and how social class becomes expressed in terms of occupation and educational achievement. An ESRC funded project investigated gentrification in London and the significance of parental schooling decisions on the process of social upgrading of neighbourhoods and how this may vary according ethnicity.