Ingrid Schoon

Ingrid Schoon is Professor of Human Development and Social Policy at the Institute of Education, University of London, and is Research Director of the Department of Quantitative Social Science. She is director of the international post-doctoral Fellowship programme Pathways to Adulthood (funded by the Jacobs Foundation), is Co-Principal Investigator of the ESRC funded Centre for the Study of Learning and Life Chances in Knowledge Economies and Societies (Llakes). Since July 2014 she is Research Professor at the Wissenschaftszentrum, Berlin (WZB) where she is conducting research on the 'Transition to Adulthood'. She is also Visiting Professor at the Royal Netherlands Academy of the Arts and Science, and since 2014 a member of the Scientific Advisory Panel for the International Social Science Council (ISSC).

Prof. Schoon is a member of the review panel for the Swiss National Centre of Excellence (NCCR) "LIVES - Overcoming Vulnerability: Life Course Perspectives; the Advisory Board for the German Family Panel PAIRFAM (“Panel Analysis of Intimate Relationships and Family Dynamics”), and the Advisory Board for the German Youth Institute (DJI)Surveys: Aufwachsen in Deutschland: Alltagswelten (AID:A). In 2015 she also served as an advisor to the Irish Department for Children and Youth Affairs.

She is a member of the editorial board of the European Psychologist, Advances in Life Course Study, Journal of Adolescence, the Journal of Longitudinal and Life Course Studies, and is consulting editor in Developmental Psychology. Until 2014 she served as treasurer for the Society for the Study of Behavioral Development and is now the treasurer of the Society for Longitudinal and Life Course Studies (SLLS).

Summary of recent work
Together with Jacquelynne Eccles, Prof. Schoon has edited a book on ‘Gender differences in aspirations and attainment: A life course perspective’, published by Cambridge University Press in November 2014. The book brings together contributions from Pathway Fellows providing an account of how gender differences emerge and develop over the life course, using longitudinal data to examine the role of multiple interlinked factors, such as the role of parents, peers and teachers in shaping school experiences and informing the career choice of males and females.
Together with Rainer Silbereisen she is working on a publication on the Pathways model of Postdoctoral training and education to be published in a Wiley book series sponsored by the International Union of Psychological Science.
Prof. Schoon is also collaborating with the OECD on a report on the impact of early life skills on later outcomes, assessing the evidence on the long-run associations between early social, emotional and cognitive skills (measured before age 10) and a range of later outcomes, including indicators of educational and occupational attainment, mental and physical health and health behaviours.

Mentoring activities within PATHWAYS
This year Prof. Schoon continued to mentor Mark Lyons-Amos and Jake Anders and collaborate with alumni John Jerrim, Nicola Pensiero, as well as Philip Parker (Western Australia), Jenifer Symonds (Boston), Anna Kaytn Chmielewski (Toronto) and Martin Obshonka (Saarbrücken).  Since August 2015 she is mentoring Terry Ng-Knight who joined her team at the UCL Institute of Education. She is currently planning collaborative projects with Florencia Sortheix at the University of Helsinki, and Clemens Lechner and Maria Pavlova from the University of Jena. In September 2015 she has organized a Pathway symposium at the SLLS conference in Dublin.