Lijie Zeng

PhD Psychology

  • Psychology
  • School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences

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Psychology Building

7 George Square, Edinburgh
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  • First-year PhD student in Psychology - University of Edinburgh, UK
  • MA in Psychology and Education - University of Warwick, UK
  • BSc in Applied Psychology - Shenzhen University, China
  • Bachelor of Literature, English Language and Literature - Shenzhen University, China

Research summary


Project activity

Using Linked-Administrative Data to Examine the Impact of Parental Disability on Child Attainment. (ESRC/ADR UK/SGSSS PhD studentship research project)

Little is known about the educational and psychosocial outcomes of children whose parents have disabilities, leaving them vulnerable to educational and wider inequalities. To address this gap, this research project will use the Growing Up in England (GUiE) linked-administrative dataset (as well as other related datasets) and apply advanced quantitative methods to explore the impact of parental disability on child outcomes. The GUiE links the 2011 Census to the feasibility All Education Dataset for England and five vulnerability datasets, connecting demographic, geographic and household information to the highest level of educational attainment and vulnerability characteristics across a longitudinal cohort. Building on linked-administrative data, this research has the potential to deepen understanding of how parental disability and related risk and resilient factors could influence children's outcomes and to inform policy and practice to best support this vulnerable population. 

This PhD research project will be supervised by Dr Jasmin Wertz (University of Edinburgh), Dr Bonnie Auyeung (University of Edinburgh) and Dr Louise Marryat (University of Dundee), all of whom are experts in child development with advanced quantitative research skills.