Eileen Alexander

Eileen Alexander

PhD candidate

Department of Social Policy

About me

Research topic:

Informal financial support in low income Britain: Experiences of economic dependence on family members and friends

Eileen holds an MSc in Social Policy and Planning from the LSE (winner of Charles Mostyn Lloyd prize for outstanding dissertation) and a BA (with distinction) from the University of Wisconsin Madison.

Eileen is interested in developing a better understanding of “informal welfare” in Social Policy by exploring the significance of financial support relationships between people on low incomes. For her PhD, Eileen has conducted in-depth interviews with 50 working age social housing tenants, using an innovative mapping exercise that charts the financial dependencies between family members and friends.

In addition to her research, Eileen has taught on two undergraduate courses –  Sociology and Social Policy, and Social Policy Research Methods – and is the recipient of an LSE Student Union teaching award. 

Eileen established the department’s Qualitative Researcher Group, and organises the PhD Work-in-Progress seminar series. She is a founding member of the SPA’s Money Security and Social Policy network and a PhD Representative for the Department of Social Policy.

Research interests:
Informal welfare, Financial security, Financial capability, Social security , Support networks, Family dependency, Mixed economy of welfare, Qualitative research, Participatory approaches , Longitudinal research, Quantitative survey design

Supervisors: Professor Anne Power, Dr Kitty Stewart 

Expertise Details

Innovative qualitative research design; participatory research; quantitative survey design; informal welfare; financial security; support networks