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Sioned Pearce

Dr Sioned Pearce


School of Social Sciences

Welsh speaking
Media commentator
Available for postgraduate supervision


Sioned Pearce is a Lecturer in Social and Public Policy at Cardiff University’s School of Social Sciences teaching introduction to social and public policy alongside international and comparative perspectives and in principle and practice. She specialises in the study of international welfare regimes, poverty, civil society, youth unemployment and devolution.

Sioned is  currently completing her ESRC New Investigator Fellowship examining devolved, sub-state social policy to address youth unemployment and labour market precarity across the UK, and the role of civil society in this.

She has worked on engagement and impact-focused projects in the field of youth political engagement in the UK including: devolved representation, youth assemblies, votes at 16 and Brexit.

Please email for more details of the project and discussion:

Mae Sioned Pearce yn Ddarlithydd Polisi Cymdeithasol a Chyhoeddus yn Ysgol Gwyddorau Cymdeithas Prifysgol Caerdydd, yn addysgu cyflwyniad i bolisi cymdeithasol a chyhoeddus ochr yn ochr â safbwyntiau rhyngwladol a chymharol ac mewn egwyddor ac ymarfer. Mae hi'n arbenigo mewn astudio cyfundrefnau lles rhyngwladol, tlodi, cymdeithas sifil, diweithdra ieuenctid a datganoli.

Ar hyn o bryd mae Sioned  wrthi’n cwblhau ei Chymrodoriaeth Ymchwilydd Newydd ESRC yn archwilio polisi cymdeithasol is-wladwriaethol datganoledig i fynd i’r afael â diweithdra ymhlith pobl ifanc ac ansicrwydd y farchnad lafur ledled y DU, a rôl cymdeithas sifil yn hyn o beth.

Mae hi wedi gweithio ar ymgysylltu a phrosiectau sy’n canolbwyntio ar effaith ym maes ymgysylltu gwleidyddol ieuenctid yn y DU gan gynnwys: cynrychiolaeth ddatganoledig, cynulliadau ieuenctid, pleidleisiau a 16 a Brexit.

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Sioned's ESRC funded project aims to identify, categorise and compare scales and types of civil society involvement in youth unemployment policy between the four devolved nations of the UK. In doing so it will examine the implications of these differences for both youth unemployment provision and devolved policy arrangements. The broader aim is to critique the notion of 'one UK welfare state' and, in doing so, progress our understanding of the impact of decentralisation, devolution and territorial rescaling on welfare state formation across Western Europe.


Pearce, S., Frayne, D. Blakely, H. and Jones, I.R. (2020) Evaluation in reinforcing and resisting hierarchical relations between state and civil society in the field of social policy. Social Policy and Administration.

Pearce, S., Sophocleous, C. Blakely, H. and Elliott, E. (2020) Moments of alignment in devolved social policy ideology and design: the case of Wales. People, Place and Policy.

Pearce, S. and Evans, D. (2018) The rise of impact in academia: repackaging a long-standing idea. British Politics.

Pearce, S. and Fox, S. (2017) Visual methodology in the political sciences: the case of young people and Brexit. Social Research Practice.

Fox, S. and Pearce, S. (2017) The Generational Decay of Euroscepticism in the UK and the EU Referendum. Journal of Elections, Public Opinions and Parties. 

Pearce, S. (2017) Young people, place and devolved politics: perceived scale(s) of political concerns among under 18s living in Wales. Social and Cultural Geography.

Pearce, S., Power, S. and Taylor, C. (2017) Private Tutoring In Wales: Patterns of Private Investment And Public Provision. Research Papers in Education.

Pearce, S. (2017). Analysing focus groups on politics with young people in Wales. London, United Kingdom, SAGE Publications Ltd. DOI: 10.4135/9781473999220

Pearce, S. (2013) the Discursive direction of Welsh Devolution. People, Place and Policy. 7 (3) 127-138.

Pearce, S. (2008) the role of language in regeneration: the case of Communities First in Wales. Journal of People, Place and Policy. 2 (3) 151-162.

Additionally, over 25 non-academic, online articles including: In Brief (NAfW), Planet (independent views on Welsh culture), the Welsh Election Studies Blog, the Conversation, the Financial Times and the LSE Impact Blog.


Sioned teaches social and public policy - as an introduction, from international and comparative perspectives, in principle and practice through the medium of English and Welsh.


I began my research career in the Centre for Regional, Economic and Social Research at Sheffield Hallam University in 2007 working on a government commissioned evaluation of Housing Market Renewal in deprived areas of England.

I went on to complete my PhD on the impact of devolution and constitutional change upon anti-poverty strategy using Communities First in Wales as a case study, at CRESR - submitted in 2011. Findings from the PhD included the paradoxical nature of state-led community development and complex dialectical duality emerging through a purposed closer interface between state and society with the advent of devolution.

From 2011 I worked as researcher in the third sector in Wales investigating, analysing and demystifying policies affecting social change, welfare and social justice in planning and health. Specifically I worked at Planning Aid Wales providing research support for a team of planners who aimed to make the system more accessible to non-planners and Tenovus, a Wales-based cancer charity, providing research support, carrying out evaluations to improve service delivery for those affected by cancer and particulalry those affected by deprivation and running/evaluating creative writing support groups also for people affected by cancer.

From 2015 to 2019 I worked as a Research Associate at the Wales Institute for Social and Economic Research Data and Methods (WISERD) within Cardiff University's School of Social Sciences - before going on to become PI for my own project and a Lecturer in Social Policy.