Louise is a Professor of Sociology of Education at King’s College, London. She has researched and written extensively on young people’s aspirations, particularly in relation to gender, ethnicity and social class. She is the director of a number of major national studies on young people’s science and career aspirations, notably the 5 year ASPIRES study (investigating science aspirations among over 19,000 children from age 10-14) and its successor ‘ASPIRES2’ (following the same cohort from age 14-19).
Louise is the lead co-ordinator of the Targeted Initiative on Science and Mathematics Education (TISME), a research council funded research programme, and she directs the research strand of the Enterprising Science project, a large, five year project aiming to increase young people’s ‘science capital’, conducted in partnership with the Science Museum and funded by BP.
She was also co-founder of the Athena SWAN awards, a UK recognition scheme for universities to promote women’s recruitment, retention and progression in STEM departments, for which she was awarded a Royal Society/ Institute of Physics Athena Prize.