Dr Aaron Reeves wins sought-after ERC Starting Grant

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Dr Aaron Reeves, Associate Professor of Evidence-Based Social Intervention and Policy Evaluation, has won a major new grant from the European Research Council to propel his research forwards. The CHANGING ELITES project will shed light on the social composition of elites over time. it will seek to explain the changes and continuities within elites by exploring how institutional and policy shifts constrain and enable processes of elite reproduction. This ambitious, interdisciplinary study will radically alter our understanding of elite (re)production but, more than this, it will speak to a contradiction seen in many countries in recent years between the opening up of elite institutions and the massive accumulation of wealth. In so doing we will seek new ways to understand how inequalities are produced.

Aaron is among four hundred and eight early-career researchers across Europe who have been awarded European Research Council grants in this year’s first completed ERC call for proposals. The highly-coveted funding will help him and other scientists and scholars to build their own teams and conduct pioneering research across all disciplines. The grants, worth in total €603 million, are part of the EU’s Research and Innovation programme, Horizon 2020.

We look forward to sharing more news about CHANGING ELITES when it launches.