Dr Rose Smith


Rose is currently working as a Research Fellow, conducting quantitative data analysis and research on the Paternal Involvement and its Effects on Children’s Education project (PIECE). The Principal Investigator of the project is Helen Norman and it is funded by the ESRC’s Secondary Data Analysis Initiative (SDAI) to explore whether and how fathers’ childcare involvement affects children’s educational attainment at primary school. This project uses Millennium Cohort Study and National Pupil Database data.

Before coming to the University of Leeds, Rose worked at the University of Nottingham as a Research Fellow on the Maths in Further Education Colleges project investigating young people's educational progress in Maths as they finished school and move into Further Education. The analysis used National Pupil Database and Individual Learner Record data.

Rose finished her PhD in Social Policy at the University of Lincoln in 2019 and previously studied at the University of Sheffield. Her PhD thesis focused on how housing tenure interacted with public attitudes to welfare. She undertook longitudinal, time series and comparative quantitative analysis of the UK and Europe using the British Social Attitudes survey, British Household Panel Survey, the European Social Survey and Eurostat data.


Publications and Reports

McKay, S. and Smith, R. (2015), The Labour Market Before and After the Recession, in Foster, L., Brunton, A., Deeming, C. and Haux, T. (2015), In Defence of Welfare 2, Social Policy Association, http://www.social-policy.org.uk/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/IDOW-Complete-text-4-online_secured-compressed.pdf.

Smith, R. and Aldridge F. (2019), Participation Survey Report, Learning and Work Institute. https://www.learningandwork.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/2019-Participation-Survey-Report.pdf

Noyes, A., Dalby D. and Smith, R. (2020), Mathematics in further education: student progress over time, Nuffield Foundation, October 2020. https://www.nottingham.ac.uk/research/groups/crme/documents/mifec/interim-report-4.pdf

Day, C., Tavena, S. and Smith, R. (2021), System leadership in disruptive times: robust policy making and enactment in School Trusts, Confederation of School Trusts and the University of Nottingham, April 2021. https://www.researchgate.net/publication/351284640_System_leadership_in_disruptive_times_robust_policy_making_and_enactment_in_School_Trusts

Smith, R., Noyes, A. and Dalby D. (Forthcoming), Mathematics progress in further education: GCSE ‘resits’ and the Condition of Funding, Journal Article Under Review.



  • PhD Social Policy, University of Lincoln
  • MA Political Theory, University of Sheffield
  • BA (Hons) Politics, University of Sheffield

Professional memberships

  • Social Policy Association
  • Housing Studies Association

Research groups and institutes

  • Centre for Employment Relations, Innovation and Change