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DR Jenny Chesters


  • inequality in educational attainment (social stratification)
  • transitions between education and employment (life course)



  • Dr Jenny Chesters is a Research Fellow at the Youth Research Centre, Melbourne Graduate School of Education. Her research interests focus on transitions between education and employment throughout the life course, inequality in educational attainment and social stratification and social mobility.
    Jenny is a member of The Australian Sociological Association (TASA) and was formerly a convener for the Social Stratification Thematic Group. She is also a member of the International Sociological Association (ISA).
    Jenny is currently working on the longitudinal Life Patterns project focusing on youth transitions and the link between education and work. She has extensive experience conducting analyses of survey and administrative data. She regularly presents her findings at conferences and seminars as well as providing informed commentary for the media.


Member of

  • The International Sociological Association. Member 2009 -
  • The Australian Sociological Association. Member 2005 -


Selected publications


Education and training

  • PhD, The University of Queensland 2009
  • B.Soc.Sci. (Hons), The University of Queensland 2004