Dr Markus Klein




Personal statement

Markus Klein is a Reader in Human Development and Education Policy and the Director of Research in the Strathclyde Institute of Education. He has been a member of the Institute since January 2016.

Prior to this, he served as a research fellow for the ESRC-funded Applied Quantitative Methods Network (AQMeN) at the University of Edinburgh (2013-2015) and earned a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Mannheim in 2013.

His research examines the formation of socioeconomic inequalities at various stages of the life course by employing quantitative methods and secondary data analysis.

Recently, he has taken a keen interest in the socioeconomic causes and effects of school absences. He was the PI of the ESRC SDAI project 'Family background and educational attainment: An investigation into the mediating role of school absenteeism' and is the PI of the project 'Understanding school attendance, education, and labour market outcomes' funded by the Nuffield Foundation. For more information on these projects see: schoolattendance.org.

His work has appeared in numerous sociology and education journals, including Sociological Science, Child Development, European Sociological Review, AERA Open, and the British Educational Research Journal.

Dr Klein is a Life Course Research Affiliate at the ARC Centre of Excellence for Children and Families over the Life Course at the University of Queensland. He also serves on the Editorial Board of the BSA journal Sociology.

Dr Klein supervises research in the areas of child development, school attendance, educational inequality, social mobility, education policy, educational returns, and comparative studies.

More information on his research can be found on his personal webpage.


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Professional Activities

Demography (Journal)
Peer reviewer
AERA 2024 Annual Meeting (Event)
Peer reviewer
Discussant at Symposium: Deviant Behaviour as an Interactive and Contextual process
Swiss National Science Foundation (Publisher)
Peer reviewer
Socioeconomic status, school absences, and academic achievement - A causal mediation analysis
Absenteeism and exclusion - what next?

More professional activities


Family socioeconomic status and school absenteeism – The role of behavioural and psychosocial dispositions
Sosu, Edward (Principal Investigator) Klein, Markus (Co-investigator) Marta, Samara (Post Grad Student)
01-Jan-2022 - 30-Jan-2026
Is school absenteeism harmful to education and labour market outcomes?
Klein, Markus (Principal Investigator) Sosu, Edward (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2022 - 31-Jan-2024
Proposal for Process and Impact Evaluation of the East Lothian Tutoring Initiative (ELTI)
Sosu, Edward (Principal Investigator) Cassidy, Claire (Co-investigator) Kennedy, Aileen (Co-investigator) Klein, Markus (Co-investigator)
06-Jan-2021 - 30-Jan-2021
Family background and educational attainment: An investigation into the mediating role of school absenteeism
Klein, Markus (Principal Investigator) Sosu, Edward (Co-investigator)
Family background and educational attainment: An investigation into the mediating and moderating role of school absenteeism
01-Jan-2018 - 31-Jan-2023
Nurturing School Ethos to Improve Educational Attainment
Cassidy, Claire (Principal Investigator) Holmes, Joanna (Co-investigator) Klein, Markus (Co-investigator) Sosu, Edward (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2017 - 31-Jan-2019
School and University Research Enquiry
Sosu, Edward (Co-investigator) Firth, Jonathan William (Co-investigator) Beck, Anna (Co-investigator) Klein, Markus (Co-investigator) Donohoe, Claire (Co-investigator) McGavigan, Hilary (Co-investigator) Martin, Phil (Co-investigator)
The School and University Research Enquiry project (SURE) aims to bridge the gap between education research and practice. It will investigate the Scottish Attainment Challenge and the ‘what works’ agenda in terms of specific school interventions. In April 2017, the Scottish Government published their Research Strategy for Scottish Education, which stressed the need for a focus on “increasing the levels of collaboration and communication between all actors within the education system". SURE is contributing to this goal via a school-university collaborative study exploring Headteachers’ relationship with
research and gaining an understanding of their choices of interventions employed in their schools, with reference to PEF funding. Researchers on the project represent two Glasgow schools as well as the University of Strathclyde.

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Dr Markus Klein

Email: markus.klein@strath.ac.uk
Tel: 444 8120