Dr Kitty Stewart

Dr Kitty Stewart

Associate Professor

Department of Social Policy

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Key Expertise
Poverty, Social security, Early childhood policy, Inequality,

About me

Kitty Stewart is Associate Professor of Social Policy and Associate Director of the Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion (CASE). Kitty 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 recent research focuses primarily on the causes and consequences of child poverty, the relationship between income and wider outcomes, and policy for young children. Recent projects include a systematic review of the causal relationship between household income and children’s outcomes, funded by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, an examination of stakeholder support for official changes to child poverty measurement in the UK, and a Nuffield-funded project examining aspects of inequality in nursery education in England. She is 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. She has also written recently on the implications for social policy of the UK leaving the European Union. 

Kitty has published in a range of academic journals including the Journal of Social Policy, Journal of European Social Policy, Social Policy and Administration, British Educational Research Journal, Social Indicators Research and the Economic Journal. Recent edited books 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 Closing Gaps Early: The role of early years policy in promoting social mobility in England (with Jane Waldfogel, Resolution Foundation, 2017).

Kitty is currently Deputy Head of the Department of Social Policy with particular responsibility for teaching. She convenes two taught courses: the core first year undergraduate course Foundations of Social Policy Research (SP101) and a half-unit option on Social Security Policies, available both as an MSc option and as a third year undergraduate course (SP430/SP332). 

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 is a Trustee of the Education Policy Institute.

Expertise Details

Poverty; Social security; Early childhood policy; Inequality; Quantitative methods

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