Lancaster-Warwick node

Principal Investigator: Professor Brian Francis

Lancaster-Warwick node's focus was to promote good statistical modelling in the social sciences through training and also to develop new statistical modelling methodology for longitudinal and other correlated data. Researchers at Lancaster-Warwick applied these new developments to important social science problems in criminology, developmental psychology and sociology.

Lancaster-Warwick research programme focused generally on development and changes over time. Thus the criminology research strand was concerned with patterns of activity and transitions from one activity type to another; the sociology strand is focused on changing attitudes, and the developmental psychology strand is concerned with the development of cognitive ability in young children.

Researchers at Lancaster-Warwick developed methods for the analysis of longitudinal criminal careers and the detection of local patterning; for the longitudinal analysis of ranked and partially ranked data. They also investigated new methods for fitting complex random effects models (such as composite likelihood) and exploring the use of graphical models in a psychology setting.

Lancaster-Warwick's comprehensive training programme covered a wide range of statistical and other methods, and this was supplemented by a range of workshops and master classes on more specialist topics.

Lancaster-Warwick node was based in Lancaster University and the University of Warwick across four departments, with some activity taking place at the University of Stirling.