PhD Student
Cardiff University


Siân studied Social Policy at Swansea University, graduating with a 1st in 2014.  She then returned to Swansea to study for the MSc Social Research Methods.  While studying for her Masters, Siân gained an ESRC funded PhD studentship with WISERD at Cardiff University, which she began in 2015.  Her supervisors are Prof. Ian Rees-Jones and Dr. Sin Yi Cheung.

Research Interests

Social Participation and Civic Society

Longitudinal Analysis

Secondary Qualitative Analysis

Current Research

Siân’s PhD thesis combines quantitative and qualitative approaches in order to identify and explore factors influencing social participation in mid-life.  Data from the National Child Development Study (NCDS) is used to consider quantitative the research questions “What patterns of social participation exist in midlife”, “What life course trajectories of social participation exist among the NCDS cohort?”, and “How do life course factors, such as commitments to work and family, influence the development of each life course trajectory?”.  The Social Participation and Identity Project, a qualitative sub-study of the age 50 sweep of NCDS, will consider the relationship between identity and the roles performed by individuals, such as commitments to work, family, and participation opportunities.  The quantitative methods utilised are primarily Latent Class Analysis and Multinomial Logistic Regression, while the qualitative aspect will utilise Framework Analysis.