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Elaine Speyer  BA (Hons) MSc

Miss Elaine Speyer


BA (Hons) MSc

Research student

School of Social Sciences

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I am a current PhD student, looking into the needs, experiences, and outcomes for minoritised groups who are eligible for the Welsh Basic Income Pilot for Care Leavers. This will complement the existing evaluation, which is being led by CASCADE in collaboration with a team of experts from across different universities:

Prior to this I worked in the third sector in policy, research, development, and participation with children, young people and families from a diverse range of backgrounds. More recently, I have worked in the CASCADE research centre at Cardiff University, supporting the involvement of people with lived experience of child and family social care services, in advising on various research projects.  

I have a Master's in Social Research Methods, and a BA (Hons) in Humanities. I have a keen interest in how to promote inclusion in research for people from a diverse range of backgrounds and experiences. 



Welsh Basic Income for Care Leavers Pilot: What are the needs, experiences, and outcomes for minoritised groups?

A mixed methods study, utilising secondary analysis of routine and research data, and the generation of primary qualitative data, to better understand the needs, experiences, and outcomes of minoritised groups eligible for the Welsh Basic Income for care leavers pilot. 




Funding sources

Health and Care Research Wales (


Employment History

Cardiff University:

(March 2023 - current) Involvement worker - children, young people, and families 

Supporting the involvement of people who have accessed child and family social services in research. 

CARP Collaborations: 

(September 2022 - October 2023) Freelance researcher

Worked on different research and evaluation projects with marginalised communities, with the aim of improving community cohesion and capacity building. 

Children in Wales: 

(December 2021 - April 2023) Development officer

Led projects supporting the participation of children and young people in line with Article 12 of the UNCRC. 

Barnardo's Cymru: 

(October 2010 - May 2021)

Worked in the Policy and Research Unit, engaging people who used Barnardo's services in research and policy influencing. 


Academic Qualifications

MSc - Social Research Methods - Distinction (Swansea University - Master's Excellence Scholarship)

BA (Hons) - Humanities - First Class (Swansea University) 



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