Learning and Life Chances in Knowledge Economies and Societies (LLAKES) investigates the role of lifelong learning in promoting economic competitiveness and social cohesion, and in mediating the interactions between the two domains. Key areas of research include:

  • the social and cultural foundations of learning, knowledge production and transfer, and innovation, within the context of a changing economy
  • the effects of knowledge and skill distribution on income equality, social cohesion and competitiveness.

It has a programme of inter-disciplinary and mixed method research which addresses these issues at the level of the individual life course, through studies of city-regions and sectors in the UK, and through comparative analysis across OECD countries.