Dr Julian Gardiner

I completed my PhD in Applied Statistics / Epidemiology in 2005 at the University of Cambridge.

My thesis was on the application of Bayesian methods to correcting measurement error in dietary data in epidemiological studies. Since then I have worked in a number of roles in the fields of epidemiology and child development / education. In 2006-7 I worked in the Department of Psychiatry, University of Cambridge on studies of mental health issues in adolescents. There followed two years at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine Department of Epidemiology and Population Health working on statistical analyses for studies of infectious diseases and maternal health. In 2010-13 I was employed at Birkbeck, University of London in the Institute for the Study of Children, Families & Social Issues working on modelling data from the Millennium Cohort Study and the National Evaluation of Sure Start. Research included investigating the effects of parental age on children’s physical, social and cognitive development. Since then I have held posts at University College London working on cohort studies of health and ageing in Eastern Europe, and at Imperial College London contributing to research on musculoskeletal health. I joined the Oxford University Department of Education in July 2015.


I am working for Professor Edward Melhuish on a number of studies focusing on the potential influence of children’s early home and pre-school / nursery experiences on later educational attainment. These include the Study of Early Education and Development (SEED) project. I am working on statistical analyses for data from these projects using methods including multilevel modelling, multiple imputation, trajectory analysis and structural equation modelling.


  • Department staff


  • Research Officer/Statistician

Research groups

  • Families, Effective Learning and Literacy (FELL)