Dr Sioned Pearce researches devolved social policy in the UK and Europe. 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.