Photo of Emily McDoolEmily McDool

Research Associate - Centre for Vocational Education Research

Room 319

Tel: +44 (0)114 222 3310


  • BA Hons (Economics) 1st Class 2009-2012, University of Sheffield
  • MSc (Economics) Distinction, 2012-2013, University of Sheffield
  • PhD (Economics), 2013- 2016, University of Sheffield

Emily’s PhD focused on the determinants of pupil outcomes within compulsory schooling in the UK. The first chapter analysed the impact of neighbourhood deprivation upon GCSE outcomes and considered how parental education influenced the relationship. The second chapter examined the influence of class setting at primary school upon pupil behaviour. The third chapter analysed the impact of primary converter academies upon pupil progress.

Emily has assisted in research on the effect of young people’s digital social networking on their subjective wellbeing as part of the Creating and Exploring Digital Empathy project and for the Ethnicity, Identity and Child Development project. She is currently working as a Research Associate on the Centre for Vocational Education Research.

Research summary

Emily’s research interests are in areas of applied microeconomics, primarily in education, wellbeing and child development.