About me

Emma is a Senior Research Fellow in the School of Organisations, Economy and Society, and a member of the Centre for Employment Research. 

As an applied economist, Emma works on topics in education, health and labour economics. Her current research focuses on the economics of education, including school choice, returns to education, and social mobility.  She also has interests in the economic and social determinants of population health disparities. Emma's research involves analysing large survey datasets, often linked with administrative records. 

Prior to joining the University of Westminster, she held posts at the New Zealand Treasury, University of Glasgow, and Lancaster University, where she completed her PhD in Economics. Emma is affiliated with the IZA, Institute of Labor Economics network, as a Research Fellow since 2019.

Teaching

Emma has previously taught on undergraduate Principles of Economics, Economic Policy, and Quantitative Methods for Economics modules.  

Research

Selected research-in-progress:

- ESRC-funded project documenting post-war trends and determinants of social class mobility in England and Wales, including the role of selective schooling (joint with Franz Buscha and Patrick Sturgis)

- Nuffield Foundation-funded project investigating the causes and consequences of youth custody in England, specifically focusing on the role of school peers (joint with Richard Dorsett and Veruska Oppedisano)

Publications

For details of all my research outputs, visit my WestminsterResearch profile.