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Karen L Robson

Department of Sociology

Assistant Professor
 
Office: Ross N151E
Phone: (416) 736-2100 Ext: 33165
Emailklrobson@yorku.ca
Primary websitewww.yorku.ca/klrobson
 
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I obtained a doctorate in Applied Social and Economic Research from the Institute of Social and Economic Research at the University of Essex in 2004. My doctoral thesis was entitled “Economic, Social and Cultural Capital: Predictors of Social Position and Determinants of Life Outcomes.” Prior to this, I had obtained an MA (Sociology) from the University of Calgary and a BA (Honours) from the University of Alberta.

While doing my PhD, I worked as a Research Officer at the Institute of Social and Economic Research. I was active in many research projects there, including UNICEF funded project which examined the correlates of young parenthood the European Union. Follow-up work to this was funded by the UK Department of Health and focused on the differences in the socioeconomic disadvantages of early mothers by ethnic groups in Britain. I continue to study the correlates of young parenthood in the UK, Canada, and beyond.

I joined the Department of Sociology at York University in 2004. I have since held short post-doctoral positions at the Centre for Research on the Wider Benefits of Learning at the Institute of Education in London, UK (2006-2007) and The Geary Institute at University College Dublin in Dublin, Ireland (2007-2008).

   Area of Specialization

Sociology



Degrees

PhD (Applied Social and Economic Research), Institute for Social and Economic Research, University of Essex
MA (Sociology), University of Calgary
BA (Honours) in Sociology, University of Alberta
Professional Leadership

Conference Organization
• Organizer and Chair of one-day conference “Bourdieu and Education Research” hosted by the Centre for Research on the Wider Benefits of Learning at the Institute of Education, University of London hosted on behalf of the Teaching and Learning Research Programme. Papers were presented by Mike Grenfell (University of Southampton), Phil Hodkinson (University of Leeds), Gill Crozier (University of Sunderland), and Alice Sullivan (Centre for Longitudinal Studies, Institute of Education).

Manuscript Reviewing for journals
• Anonymous reviewer for Social Forces, American Sociological Review, and Journal of Youth Studies
• Text book reviewer for Oxford University Press

Membership in Professional Organizations
• Member of American Sociological Association
• Member of Canadian Economics Association
• Member of International Sociological Association Research Committee on Social Stratification and Mobility (RC-28)

Invited Talks
• 2010 (February 18-21). Smeeding, Tim, Karen Robson and Coady Wing “Income Poverty and Income Support for Minority and Immigrant Children in Rich Countries", Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management, International Conference “Migration: A World in Motion A Multinational Conference on Migration and Migration Policy”, Maastricht, The Netherlands.
• 10 December 2009. Outcomes of Teenage Motherhood in Europe: Evidence from the EU-Silc. Institute for Research on Poverty, University of Wisconsin-Madison.
• 27 May 2005. “Teenage Parenthood and Later-Life Depressive Symptomology”. Summer Program in Data Analysis, Institute for Social Research, York University, Toronto.
• 26 April 2004 “Age at First Birth and Later-Life Socioeconomic Outcomes”. Department of Sociology Seminar Series, Oxford University, UK.

All Publications

Books

2009. Pevalin, David and Robson, Karen L. Stata Survival Manual. Open University Press. (256 pages.)

2009. Robson, Karen and Sanders, Chris (Eds). Quantifying Theory: Pierre Bourdieu. Springer. (228 pages.)

2008. Neuman, Lawrence W. and Robson, Karen L. The Basics of Social Research: Qualitative and Quantitative Approaches. First Canadian Edition. Pearson Education. (429 pages.)

Book Chapters

2009. Smeeding, Tim. M., Coady Wing and Karen Robson. “Differences in Social Transfer Support and Poverty for Immigrant Families with Children Lessons from the LIS,” Pp 1-24 in Immigration, Diversity, and Education edited by L. Grigorenko and Ruby Takanishi, Routeledge, NY. (24 pages.)

2009. Robson, Karen. “Teenage Time Use as Investment in Cultural Capital,” Pp 105-116 in: K. Robson and C. Sanders (Eds). Quantifying Theory: Pierre Bourdieu. Springer. (12 pages.)

2004. Spiess, Katarina. C.; Iacovou, Maria; Robson, Karen; and Uunk, Wilhelm J.G. “Family Effects on Employment and Employment Changes,” Pp 69-98 in: R. Berthoud and M. Iacouvou (Eds). Social Europe: Living Standards and Welfare States. London: Edward Elgar. (30 pages.)

Journal Articles

2010. Robson, Karen. “Changes in Family Structure and the Well-being of British Children: Evidence from a Fifteen-Year Panel Study,” Child Indicators Research, 3(1): 65-83. (19 pages.)

2009. Osterlund, Katherine and Robson, Karen. “The Impact of ICT on Work–life Experiences among University Teaching Assistants,” Computers and Education, 52(2): 432-437. (6 pages.)

2008. Robson, Karen and Pevalin, David. “Gender Differences in the Predictors and Outcomes of Young Parenthood,” Research in Social Stratification and Mobility, 25: 205-218. (14 pages.)

2008. Pevalin, David and Robson, Karen. “Social Determinants of Health Inequalities in Bosnia and Herzegovina,” Public Health, 121: 588-595. (8 pages.)

2006. Robson, Karen and Anderson, Gillian. “Male Adolescents’ Contributions to Household Labor as Predictors of Later-Life Participation in Housework,” Journal of Men’s Studies, 14(1): 1-12. (13 pages.)

2006. Robson, Karen and Berthoud, Richard. “Age at First Birth and Disadvantage among Ethnic Groups in Britain”. Ethnic and Racial Studies, 29(1): 153-172. (20 pages.)

2005. Anderson, Gillian and Robson, Karen. “Language as Status in Multilingual Switzerland,” Swiss Journal of Sociology, 31(1): 55-78. (24 pages.)

2003. Robson, Karen and Berthoud, Richard. “Teenage Motherhood in Europe: A Multi-Country Analysis of Socioeconomic Outcomes,” European Sociological Review, 19(5): 451-466. (16 pages.)

2001. Robson, Karen and Wallace, Jean. “Gendered Inequalities in Earnings: a study of Canadian Lawyers,” Canadian Review of Sociology and Anthropology, 38(1): 75-95. (21 pages.)

Conference Papers

2009. Robson, Karen. “Some Reflections on 8 Years of Teaching Stata,” Stata User Group Meeting. (Presentation given at Canadian Stata User Group Meeting on October 22 in Toronto)

2009. Robson, Karen. “Family Structure Change and Child Well-Being in the UK.” (Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association on August 11, in San Francisco).

2009. Wing, Coady; Robson, Karen and Smeeding, Tim. “Poverty and Income Support for Immigrants and Natives In The European Union: Evidence From The EUSILC” (Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Canadian Economics Association on May 29 in Toronto).

2008. Robson, Karen “Becoming NEET in Europe: A Comparison of Predictors and Later-Life Outcomes.” (Paper presented at the Global Network on Inequality Mini-Conference on February 22, in New York City.)

2008. Mc Mahon, Dorren and Robson, Karen “A Cross National Comparison of the Forms of Capital on Student Achievement.” (Paper presented at the RC28 meetings at the European University Institute, Florence, Italy from May 15-18.)

2008. Robson, Karen and Kim, Jane. “Changes in Family Structure and the Well-being of British Children: The Role of Family Social Capital as a Moderator.” (Paper presented at the ESF-LiU (European Science Foundation – Linkoping University) Conference on “The Transfer of Resources across Generations: Family, Income, Human Capital and Children’s Wellbeing”: Vadstena, Sweden, June 9-13.)

2008. Robson, Karen and Sorhaindo, Annik “Mental Health and Income among Post-16 students in the United Kingdom: The Role of Social Background.” (Paper presented at the RC28 meetings at Stanford, California from August 6-9.)

2006. Robson, Karen. “Television Viewing as Expressions of Cultural Capital in British Youth.” (Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association, August 11-14, Montreal, Canada.)

2002. Robson, Karen and Gershuny, Jonathan. “A New Measure of Social Position: Social Mobility and Human Capital in Britain.” (Paper presented at the RC28 on Social Stratification and Mobility, 10-13 April, Oxford, UK.)

Forthcoming

2011 (forthcoming, publisher’s agreement from July 2010). Robson, Karen. Multilevel Modelling in Plain English, Sage.

2011. (forthcoming, publisher’s agreement from September 2009) . Neuman, Lawrence W. and Robson, Karen L. The Basics of Social Research: Qualitative and Quantitative Approaches. Second Canadian Edition. Pearson Education.

Forthcoming. Smeeding, Tim, Coady Wing and Karen Robson. “Poverty and Income Support for Minority and Immigrant Children in Rich Countries." Pp tbd in Masten, A, Hernandez, D, and Liebkind, K (Eds.) Capitalizing on Migration: The Potential of Immigrant Youth. Cambridge University Press.

Forthcoming. Robson, Karen. “Predictors and Outcomes of Becoming NEET in Europe,” Pp tbd in Attewell, Paul and Newman, Katherine (Eds) Growing Gaps: Educational Inequality around the World, Oxford University Press.


I obtained a doctorate in Applied Social and Economic Research from the Institute of Social and Economic Research at the University of Essex in 2004. My doctoral thesis was entitled “Economic, Social and Cultural Capital: Predictors of Social Position and Determinants of Life Outcomes.” Prior to this, I had obtained an MA (Sociology) from the University of Calgary and a BA (Honours) from the University of Alberta.

While doing my PhD, I worked as a Research Officer at the Institute of Social and Economic Research. I was active in many research projects there, including UNICEF funded project which examined the correlates of young parenthood the European Union. Follow-up work to this was funded by the UK Department of Health and focused on the differences in the socioeconomic disadvantages of early mothers by ethnic groups in Britain. I continue to study the correlates of young parenthood in the UK, Canada, and beyond.

I joined the Department of Sociology at York University in 2004. I have since held short post-doctoral positions at the Centre for Research on the Wider Benefits of Learning at the Institute of Education in London, UK (2006-2007) and The Geary Institute at University College Dublin in Dublin, Ireland (2007-2008).

Area of Specialization

Sociology


Degrees

PhD (Applied Social and Economic Research), Institute for Social and Economic Research, University of Essex
MA (Sociology), University of Calgary
BA (Honours) in Sociology, University of Alberta

Professional Leadership

Conference Organization
• Organizer and Chair of one-day conference “Bourdieu and Education Research” hosted by the Centre for Research on the Wider Benefits of Learning at the Institute of Education, University of London hosted on behalf of the Teaching and Learning Research Programme. Papers were presented by Mike Grenfell (University of Southampton), Phil Hodkinson (University of Leeds), Gill Crozier (University of Sunderland), and Alice Sullivan (Centre for Longitudinal Studies, Institute of Education).

Manuscript Reviewing for journals
• Anonymous reviewer for Social Forces, American Sociological Review, and Journal of Youth Studies
• Text book reviewer for Oxford University Press

Membership in Professional Organizations
• Member of American Sociological Association
• Member of Canadian Economics Association
• Member of International Sociological Association Research Committee on Social Stratification and Mobility (RC-28)

Invited Talks
• 2010 (February 18-21). Smeeding, Tim, Karen Robson and Coady Wing “Income Poverty and Income Support for Minority and Immigrant Children in Rich Countries", Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management, International Conference “Migration: A World in Motion A Multinational Conference on Migration and Migration Policy”, Maastricht, The Netherlands.
• 10 December 2009. Outcomes of Teenage Motherhood in Europe: Evidence from the EU-Silc. Institute for Research on Poverty, University of Wisconsin-Madison.
• 27 May 2005. “Teenage Parenthood and Later-Life Depressive Symptomology”. Summer Program in Data Analysis, Institute for Social Research, York University, Toronto.
• 26 April 2004 “Age at First Birth and Later-Life Socioeconomic Outcomes”. Department of Sociology Seminar Series, Oxford University, UK.

All Publications

Books

2009. Pevalin, David and Robson, Karen L. Stata Survival Manual. Open University Press. (256 pages.)

2009. Robson, Karen and Sanders, Chris (Eds). Quantifying Theory: Pierre Bourdieu. Springer. (228 pages.)

2008. Neuman, Lawrence W. and Robson, Karen L. The Basics of Social Research: Qualitative and Quantitative Approaches. First Canadian Edition. Pearson Education. (429 pages.)

Book Chapters

2009. Smeeding, Tim. M., Coady Wing and Karen Robson. “Differences in Social Transfer Support and Poverty for Immigrant Families with Children Lessons from the LIS,” Pp 1-24 in Immigration, Diversity, and Education edited by L. Grigorenko and Ruby Takanishi, Routeledge, NY. (24 pages.)

2009. Robson, Karen. “Teenage Time Use as Investment in Cultural Capital,” Pp 105-116 in: K. Robson and C. Sanders (Eds). Quantifying Theory: Pierre Bourdieu. Springer. (12 pages.)

2004. Spiess, Katarina. C.; Iacovou, Maria; Robson, Karen; and Uunk, Wilhelm J.G. “Family Effects on Employment and Employment Changes,” Pp 69-98 in: R. Berthoud and M. Iacouvou (Eds). Social Europe: Living Standards and Welfare States. London: Edward Elgar. (30 pages.)

Journal Articles

2010. Robson, Karen. “Changes in Family Structure and the Well-being of British Children: Evidence from a Fifteen-Year Panel Study,” Child Indicators Research, 3(1): 65-83. (19 pages.)

2009. Osterlund, Katherine and Robson, Karen. “The Impact of ICT on Work–life Experiences among University Teaching Assistants,” Computers and Education, 52(2): 432-437. (6 pages.)

2008. Robson, Karen and Pevalin, David. “Gender Differences in the Predictors and Outcomes of Young Parenthood,” Research in Social Stratification and Mobility, 25: 205-218. (14 pages.)

2008. Pevalin, David and Robson, Karen. “Social Determinants of Health Inequalities in Bosnia and Herzegovina,” Public Health, 121: 588-595. (8 pages.)

2006. Robson, Karen and Anderson, Gillian. “Male Adolescents’ Contributions to Household Labor as Predictors of Later-Life Participation in Housework,” Journal of Men’s Studies, 14(1): 1-12. (13 pages.)

2006. Robson, Karen and Berthoud, Richard. “Age at First Birth and Disadvantage among Ethnic Groups in Britain”. Ethnic and Racial Studies, 29(1): 153-172. (20 pages.)

2005. Anderson, Gillian and Robson, Karen. “Language as Status in Multilingual Switzerland,” Swiss Journal of Sociology, 31(1): 55-78. (24 pages.)

2003. Robson, Karen and Berthoud, Richard. “Teenage Motherhood in Europe: A Multi-Country Analysis of Socioeconomic Outcomes,” European Sociological Review, 19(5): 451-466. (16 pages.)

2001. Robson, Karen and Wallace, Jean. “Gendered Inequalities in Earnings: a study of Canadian Lawyers,” Canadian Review of Sociology and Anthropology, 38(1): 75-95. (21 pages.)

Conference Papers

2009. Robson, Karen. “Some Reflections on 8 Years of Teaching Stata,” Stata User Group Meeting. (Presentation given at Canadian Stata User Group Meeting on October 22 in Toronto)

2009. Robson, Karen. “Family Structure Change and Child Well-Being in the UK.” (Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association on August 11, in San Francisco).

2009. Wing, Coady; Robson, Karen and Smeeding, Tim. “Poverty and Income Support for Immigrants and Natives In The European Union: Evidence From The EUSILC” (Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Canadian Economics Association on May 29 in Toronto).

2008. Robson, Karen “Becoming NEET in Europe: A Comparison of Predictors and Later-Life Outcomes.” (Paper presented at the Global Network on Inequality Mini-Conference on February 22, in New York City.)

2008. Mc Mahon, Dorren and Robson, Karen “A Cross National Comparison of the Forms of Capital on Student Achievement.” (Paper presented at the RC28 meetings at the European University Institute, Florence, Italy from May 15-18.)

2008. Robson, Karen and Kim, Jane. “Changes in Family Structure and the Well-being of British Children: The Role of Family Social Capital as a Moderator.” (Paper presented at the ESF-LiU (European Science Foundation – Linkoping University) Conference on “The Transfer of Resources across Generations: Family, Income, Human Capital and Children’s Wellbeing”: Vadstena, Sweden, June 9-13.)

2008. Robson, Karen and Sorhaindo, Annik “Mental Health and Income among Post-16 students in the United Kingdom: The Role of Social Background.” (Paper presented at the RC28 meetings at Stanford, California from August 6-9.)

2006. Robson, Karen. “Television Viewing as Expressions of Cultural Capital in British Youth.” (Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association, August 11-14, Montreal, Canada.)

2002. Robson, Karen and Gershuny, Jonathan. “A New Measure of Social Position: Social Mobility and Human Capital in Britain.” (Paper presented at the RC28 on Social Stratification and Mobility, 10-13 April, Oxford, UK.)

Forthcoming

2011 (forthcoming, publisher’s agreement from July 2010). Robson, Karen. Multilevel Modelling in Plain English, Sage.

2011. (forthcoming, publisher’s agreement from September 2009) . Neuman, Lawrence W. and Robson, Karen L. The Basics of Social Research: Qualitative and Quantitative Approaches. Second Canadian Edition. Pearson Education.

Forthcoming. Smeeding, Tim, Coady Wing and Karen Robson. “Poverty and Income Support for Minority and Immigrant Children in Rich Countries." Pp tbd in Masten, A, Hernandez, D, and Liebkind, K (Eds.) Capitalizing on Migration: The Potential of Immigrant Youth. Cambridge University Press.

Forthcoming. Robson, Karen. “Predictors and Outcomes of Becoming NEET in Europe,” Pp tbd in Attewell, Paul and Newman, Katherine (Eds) Growing Gaps: Educational Inequality around the World, Oxford University Press.