Shivani Sickotra

Sheffield Methods Institute

Doctoral Researcher

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Shivani Sickotra
Sheffield Methods Institute
The Wave
2 Whitham Road
S10 2AH

Shivani is a 3rd year PhD student at the Data Analytics and Society Centre for Doctoral Training. Her research is funded by the UKRI Economic and Social Research Council and the South Yorkshire Mayoral Combined Authority (SY MCA). She is based at the University of Sheffield with postgraduate research and training also extending across the University of Leeds, Manchester and Liverpool.

Her PhD project is situated within the context of the UK Levelling Up economic strategy and aims to advance economic development in the South Yorkshire region, utilising a data analytics approach to develop an evidence base for policy intervention. This project was developed in collaboration with the SY MCA and is supervised by Professor Philip McCann, Professor Gwilym Pryce and Professor Andy Dickerson. The primary focus of her research revolves around the skills and educational landscape of South Yorkshire, considering socio-economic factors, and how improvement can facilitate levelling up of the region. She is particularly interested in investigating post-16 education and labour market trajectories using sequence and cluster analysis.

She has been awarded an MSc in Data Analytics and Society from the University of Sheffield in 2022 and has a background in mathematics, graduating with a 2:1 in BSc (Hons) Mathematical Sciences from the University of Leeds in 2020.


MSc Data Analytics and Society, University of Sheffield BSc (Hons)

Mathematical Sciences, University of Leeds

Research interests

Data Analysis and Data Science

Regional and Economic Development

Spatial Analysis

Regional Education and Labour Market Trajectories

Thesis Title: Advancing Economic Development in South Yorkshire: A Data Analytics Approach


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PhD Supervisors:

Professor Philip McCann

Professor Gwilym Pryce


UKRI Economic and Social Research Council - Advancing Economic Development in Sheffield City Region: Data Analytics Approach