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Dr Sioned Pearce

Dr Sioned Pearce


School of Social Sciences

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0.70, Glamorgan Building
Welsh speaking
Media commentator


Dr Sioned Pearce is a Research Fellow in Social Policy at WISERD within Cardiff University’s School of Social Sciences. She specialises in the study of international welfare regimes, poverty, youth unemployment and devolution.

She is currently completing her ESRC Fellowship in sub-state social policy to address youth unemployment and labour market precarity across the UK.

Sioned also lectures and supervises as part of the School of Social Science’s Sociology and Social Policy Degree.

Please email for more details of the project and discussion:

Mae Dr Sioned Pearce yn Gymrawd Ymchwil mewn Polisi Cymdeithasol yn Ysgol Gwyddorau Cymdeithas Prifysgol Caerdydd. Mae'n arbenigo mewn astudio cyfundrefnau lles rhyngwladol, tlodi, diweithdra ymhlith pobl ifanc a datganoli.

Ar hyn o bryd mae hi'n cwblhau ei Chymrodoriaeth ESRC mewn polisi cymdeithasol is-wladwriaethol i fynd i'r afael â diweithdra ymhlith pobl ifanc a ansicrwydd y farchnad lafur ledled y DU.

Mae Sioned hefyd yn darlithio ac yn goruchwylio fel rhan o Radd Cymdeithaseg a Pholisi Cymdeithasol yr Ysgol Gwyddor Gymdeithasol.

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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 Housing Market Renewal 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 Communities First in Wales as a case study, at CRESR - submitted 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.

From 2015 to 2019 I 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 - before going on to become PI for my own project.












I lecture in social policy, welfare youth unemplyment and devolution within the School of Social Sciences.

My current two-year research project is a UK-wide, sub-state comparison of policy to address youth unemployment and labour market precarity, funded by the ESRC's New Investigator Scheme.

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