Amelia Peterson is an LSE Fellow from September 2019. Previously, she studied for her PhD in Education Policy and Program Evaluation at Harvard University, where she was an Inequality and Social Policy fellow. During her studies she was a junior visiting scholar at Nuffield College, Oxford and holds a masters degree in Human Development and Psychology, also from Harvard.
Amelia studies education and skills policies and their interactions with wider societal processes. Her dissertation traces the institutional changes associated with the de-vocationalization of upper secondary education, in the context of increased income inequality. She is interested in how political and social factors impact policy implementation and is currently part of a small team developing the notion of “human-centred systems design”, funded by the Spencer Foundation. Her dissertation work has been recognised with an award from the American Political Science Association and she has published earlier projects in the Journal of Educational Change and International Journal of Research and Method in Education.
Amelia’s research draws in part on her experience working with education practitioners and system leaders across a wide range of countries as an Associate at Innovation Unit, a nonprofit consultancy, as well as in an English secondary school.