John MacInnes is Professor of Sociology at the University of Edinburgh. He has been teaching students quantitative methods and data analysis for thirty years. He has been Strategic Advisor to the UK Economic and Social Research Council on Quantitative Methods Training and currently advises the British Academy on quantitative skills, the UK Q-Step programme on statistics pedagogy and researches on statistics anxiety for the ESRC National Centre for Research Methods. He is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences and the Royal Statistical Society, where he is a member of it Council. His own research and publications range over population ageing and demographic change, gender identity, national identity and the sociology of industry.