Dr Zhiqiang Feng, University of Edinburgh

KBS Research Seminar Series: Disconnected youth and the prospect in employment, health and wellbeing


In this paper, we examine whether disengagement from employment and education is associated with subsequent employment, occupational scarring and health inequalities using the Scottish Longitudinal Study which provides a 5.3% sample of Scotland, based on the Censuses of 1991, 2001 and 2011. We modelled employment status and occupational position, using CAMSIS, and economic activity, controlling for the influence of sex, limiting long term illness, educational attainment and geographical deprivation. We also fitted models to investigate the psychological outcomes by linking to prescription data. We find that the young people who were not in employment, education or training (NEET) experienced subsequent negative outcomes. Our results also show that negative NEET effects are evident when stratifying by gender. These findings confirm that there are negative effects on employment status, occupational position and psychological wellbeing associated with prior NEET status. The research provides further evidence for policies that support vulnerable youth.

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Dr. Zhiqiang Feng is a Senior Lecturer at Institute of Geography, School of Geosciences, University of Edinburgh. He obtained his PhD from Lancaster University in 1999. Prior to that he obtained BSc and MSc from Peking University and Chinese Academy of Sciences respectively. He is co-investigator of the Longitudinal Studies Centre Scotland (LSCS) and the Scottish Centre for Administrative Data Research (SCADR), both funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). He used to be a co-I in the ESRC funded Centre for Population Change from 2010 to 2018 as well. His research interests include geography of population, occupational mobility, health inequality, geography of health, longitudinal analysis, migration, commuting, GIS and spatial analysis. He serves as a member of Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Peer Review College, responsible for proposal review and project report assessment. He has published widely in health inequalities, social mobility, and GIS. 

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