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 Emma Taylor-Collins

Emma Taylor-Collins

Senior Research Officer, Wales Centre for Public Policy

Cardiff Business School


I'm a researcher with a particular interest in social justice.

I work for the Wales Centre for Public Policy (WCPP) on various projects for the Welsh Government and public services, including on gender equality, social security, and children looked after.

I also represent WCPP as part of the What Works network, and am involved in projects and events designed to increase collaboration between What Works Centres. 


Prior to working at Cardiff, I was a researcher at the University of Birmingham, seconded to Step Up To Serve, the charity running the #iwill campaign. My last project explored what a habit of social action looks like for young people in the UK. My background is in the charity sector. I have a first class BA (Hons) in History from the University of Warwick.

I am also currently doing a PhD part-time at the University of Birmingham’s Third Sector Research Centre on working-class girls’ experiences of social action.

Academic positions

2018 - present: Senior Research Officer, Wales Centre for Public Policy, Cardiff University
2014 - 2017: Research Associate, University of Birmingham (seconded to Step Up To Serve)
2012 - 2014: Researcher and Writer, WE (formerly Free The Children)
2010 - 2012: Senior Research Executive, Credos




At the Wales Centre for Public Policy my research has focused on the following topics:

  • Gender equality: This work informed the Welsh Government's Gender Equality Review. It involved bringing together experts from Nordic nations with Welsh Government officials and third sector stakeholders to discuss advancing gender equality, culminating in the report Gender equality: Learning from Nordic nations. More on this gender equality work features on this PEP Talk podcast episode.
  • Social security: The report Administering Social Security in Wales is an assessment of the issues that would need to be taken into account in order to determine the desirability and feasibility of devolving some aspects of the administration of social security in Wales.
  • Children and young people looked after: This comprises a series of projects related to commissioning placements for children and young people looked after. More details can be found here.

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