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Dr Anne-Marie Sim

Postdoctoral Research Fellow



Anne-Marie is a social mobility researcher, currently working on setting up the new South-West Social Mobility Commission. Other current projects include piloting undergraduate student tutoring in schools and examining school-led cradle-to-career models. 

Anne-Marie co-wrote the report ‘Social Mobility in the South West’ with Professor Lee Elliot Major, quoted in The Times, ITV News and BBC Radio. The report aims to address social mobility challenges in the South-West region through diagnosis, recommendations and a call to action.

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Prior to this role, Anne-Marie completed a PhD in social anthropology at the University of Oxford, investigating children’s talk about the future, based on a year and a half long immersive fieldwork project with children in and out of school environments. She has also worked as a strategy consultant for the Boston Consulting Group, and has a first-class undergraduate degree in Economics & Management from the University of Oxford.  


  • Sim, A. and Elliot Major, L. (2022) ‘Social Mobility in the South West: levelling up through education’. Available at: Social Mobility in the South West report (Accessed: 27 Dec 2022).
  • Sim, A. (2017) ‘“What do you want to be when you grow up?” and other tales: an ethnography of children in Greater London’. Available at: (Accessed: 27 Dec 2022).
  • Sim, A. (2016) ‘Learning to be a Child in Greater London’ in Allerton, C. (ed.) Children: ethnographic encounters, London: Routledge, pp. 73-86. 



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