Dr Kitty Stewart

Dr Kitty Stewart

Associate Professor

Department of Social Policy

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Kitty Stewart is Associate Professor of Social Policy and Associate Director of the Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion (CASE). She joined LSE in 2001 as a STICERD post-doctoral fellow, having previously worked at the UNICEF Innocenti Research Centre in Florence. She has a PhD in Economics from the European University Institute in Florence.

Kitty’s research interests focus on children, disadvantage and inequality, with particular interests in the social security system, employment trajectories and early childhood. Recent projects include a systematic review of the causal relationship between household income and children’s outcomes, funded by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, and an examination of stakeholder support for official changes to child poverty measurement in the UK. She is currently Principal Investigator on a Nuffield-funded project examining peer effects in nursery education. She is also a core member of the CASE team which has tracked the UK government’s record on social policy, poverty and inequality over the last two decades. Most of her recent work has had a UK focus but she is very interested in wider comparative research and committed to a comparative approach to teaching.

Kitty has published in the Journal of Social Policy, Journal of European Social Policy, Social Policy and Administration, Social Indicators Research and the Economic Journal. Other recent publications include An Equal Start? Providing Quality Early Education and Care for Disadvantaged Children coedited with Gambaro and Waldfogel (Policy Press 2015); and Social Policy in a Cold Climate: Policies and Their Consequences Since the Crisis, co-edited with Lupton, Burchardt, Hills and Vizard (Policy Press 2016). She has also written several more policy-focused papers, such as World Class: What does international evidence tell us about improving quality, access and affordability in the English childcare market? (with Ludovica Gambaro, Resolution Foundation, 2014).

Kitty is the course convenor for two courses: the core undergraduate course Social Economics and Policy (SA104), and the half-unit MSc option on Social Security Policies (SA409). She is also part of the teaching team for the MSc course on Social Policy Research (SA451). Kitty is currently the Undergraduate Admissions Tutor for the Department of Social Policy.

Kitty is a member of the Editorial Board for the Journal of Social Policy. She sits on the Child Poverty Action Group’s Policy Committee and the UK Advisory Board for Save the Children UK. She recently became a Trustee of the Education Policy Institute. 

Expertise Details

child poverty; early years policy; inequality; social security; social exclusion