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Staff Biography

[Photo: Caroline Bryson] Ms Caroline BRYSON
PhD Student

STICERD ,  32L 3.26 E

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Caroline is a part-time PhD student in the Social Policy Department. Within her PhD she is exploring how far family dynamics prior to separation predict whether non-resident parents fulfil their financial obligations after separation. Her study is UK-based and quantitative, using the UK Longitudinal Household Survey and the British Household Panel Survey. Outside of the LSE, she works within an independent research partnership, Bryson Purdon Social Research LLP (BPSR) which she set up in 2009. BPSR specialises in impact evaluation, measuring the impact of policies and programmes largely through quasi-experimental designs. Caroline previously spent 13 years at NatCen Social Research and a year at the Nuffield Foundation. She is a UK citizen with a BA in Psychology and an MSc in Social Policy.

Research Interests:
  • Trajectories into and after family separation, how parents parent post-separation (e.g. co-parenting, finances, residency)
  • The effectiveness of statutory, legal and third sector support.
  • Methodological interests in impact evaluation and survey methodology.
STICERD/CASE Publications:
  • COVID-19: has the pandemic affected relationships between children and their non-resident parents?
    Caroline Bryson, Stephen McKay, September 2020
    Paper No' CASEbrief 39: Read Abstract | Full paper (pdf)

  • Non-resident parents: Why are they hard to capture in surveys and what can we do about it?
    Caroline Bryson, Stephen McKay, October 2018
    Paper No' CASE/210: Read Abstract | Full paper (pdf)
    Paper copy now out of print.