Research Associate in Political Sociology, Cardiff University

Sioned is a Research Associate in Social Policy at the Wales Institute of Social and Economic Research Data and Methods (WISERD). She has worked as an academic and third sector researcher exploring: devolution, poverty and deprivation, (youth) unemployment, young people’s political engagement and the impact of academic research on policy and civil society.

She is currently working on a project entitled ‘the producers and consumers of research: academic and civil society perceptions of ‘research impact’ in a devolved Welsh context’. The project examines the way in which monitoring and evaluation has guided social policy to tackle poverty and inequality (with a focus on unemployment) in Wales over the past 20 years of devolution.

Sioned also works on a project entitled ‘Young people and politics’ which has carried out surveys before and after key political events, across the UK to identify links between such events and youth political engagement and participation. For example: young people and the EU referendum and young people and Brexit involved two UK-wide surveys and analysis which revealed the impact of Brexit upon youth engagement in the general election of 2017.

Her teaching interests include the formation and origins of the welfare state (poor laws, liberal reforms and post war welfare), international and global welfare regimes and youth unemployment.

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  • –present
    Research Associate in Political Sociology, Cardiff University


  • 2012 
    Sheffield Hallam University, PhD in Political Geography