Fiona is a mixed methods researcher in the Communities, Work & Income Team. She has experience of qualitative and mixed methods work, which has included designing topic guides, conducting telephone and face-to-face depth interviews, moderating deliberative polls, data management, analysis and report writing.
Since joining the team in October 2018, Fiona has worked on a range of projects on topics related to socio-economic inequalities, mental health and well-being, education and labour market policies. These include: a rapid evidence assessment on the relationship between transport and socio-economic disadvantage for DfT; a systematic evidence review on the mental health needs of serving and ex-Service personnel for Forces in Mind Trust; the qualitative strand of a detailed analysis of the childcare workforce in England, conducted in partnership with the Education Policy Institute; the process evaluation of Back on Track, an extension of the innovative No Wrong Door programme, aimed at helping young people who are experiencing social emotional and mental health difficulties and are at risk of exclusion from school to develop a sense of belonging to society and build confidence to grasp opportunities; an evaluation of the effectiveness of Shared Parental Leave and Flexible Working (FW) and their impact on employers and employees.
Prior to joining NatCen, Fiona completed her Master’s in Social Policy and Planning at the London School of Economics and Political Science, where she focused on assessing social progress through a wide range of methodologies for measuring poverty, inequality, equality of opportunity and intergenerational mobility. As part of her academic projects, Fiona has written on a wide range of policy issues, including the health equity implications of patient mobility within the EU, widening access to higher education, and the stratification of educational opportunities in post-socialist European countries.