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Beth Carley

Research Associate

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Beth is a research associate working with Professor Peter John on an ESRC-funded project ‘Citizen Contributions to Local Public Services: Field Experiments in Institutions Incorporating Social Information’. The study uses randomised controlled trials to test the effectiveness of interventions designed to stimulate volunteering using social information on the activity of elites and peers. The study takes place in the context of university student volunteering, across a number of UK universities, and in the wider population of citizens volunteering in charitable and public sector organisations.

Prior to joining UCL Beth was a postgraduate researcher in the Cathie Marsh Centre for Census and Survey Research (CCSR) at the University of Manchester where she gained a PhD in Social Statistics and an MSc in Social Research Methods and Statistics. Her PhD employed a mixed-method comparative case study approach to examine the impact of the New Deal for Communities area-based regeneration initiative on community social networks in East Manchester.

Beth's research interests are civic engagement, coproduction and volunteering and the ways in which these can be mapped and measured to inform the design of public policy. Beth’s research to date has used quantitative analysis of survey data, social network analysis and multiple qualitative methods, reflecting her enthusiasm for mixed method research and methodological innovation in the study of public policy.

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