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Dr Sioned Pearce

Dr Sioned Pearce

Research Associate, WISERD

School of Social Sciences

Media commentator

Dr Sioned Pearce researches devolved social policy in the UK and Europe as part of WISERD Civil Society. She examines the formation and impact of specific social policies to address welfare, poverty and (youth) unemployment, under different devolved and decentralised systems. She uses a range of research methods including qualitative interviews, visual data collection techniques, (policy) discourse analysis and quantitative analysis of primary and secondary data. From October 2019 she will be carrying out an ESRC funded, sub-state comparison of devolved social policy to address youth unemployment with a focus on the differing roles of civil society in the UK.

Sioned also lectures at Cardiff University on the origins of the welfare state, British politics and international and global welfare regimes.

Please email for more details and discussion: pearces11@cardiff.ac.uk

I began my research career in the Centre for Regional, Economic and Social Research at Sheffield Hallam University in 2007 working on a government commissioned evaluation of New Deal for Communities in deprived areas of England.

I went on to complete my PhD on the impact of devolution and constitutional change upon anti-poverty strategy using Wales as a case study, at CRESR in 2011. Findings from the PhD included the paradoxical nature of state-led community development and complex dialectical duality emerging through a purposed closer interface between state and society with the advent of devolution.

From 2011 I worked as researcher in the third sector in Wales investigating, analysing and demystifying policies affecting social change, welfare and social justice in planning and health. Specifically I worked at Planning Aid Wales providing research support for a team of planners who aimed to make the system more accessible to non-planners and Tenovus, a Wales-based cancer charity, providing research support, carrying out evaluations to improve service delivery for those affected by cancer and particulalry those affected by deprivation and running/evaluating creative writing support groups also for people affected by cancer.

Since 2015 I have worked as a Research Associate at the Wales Institute for Social and Economic Research Data and Methods (WISERD) within Cardiff University's School of Social Sciences.

My current three-year project is part of the WISERD Civil Society Research Centre investigating the impact of civil society research on policy, third and public sectors in Wales and applying critical discourse analysis and associated political theory.

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I lecture in politics, social policy and the welfare state within the School of Social Sciences and the School of Modern Languages.

Dr Sioned Pearce researches devolved social policy in the UK and Europe as part of WISERD Civil Society. She examines the formation and impact of specific social policies to address welfare, poverty and (youth) unemployment, under different devolved and decentralised systems. She uses a range of research methods including qualitative interviews, visual data collection techniques, (policy) discourse analysis and quantitative analysis of primary and secondary data. From October 2019 she will be carrying out an ESRC funded, sub-state comparison of devolved social policy to address youth unemployment with a focus on the differing roles of civil society in the UK.

Sioned also lectures at Cardiff University on the origins of the welfare state, British politics and international and global welfare regimes.

Please email for more details and discussion: pearces11@cardiff.ac.uk