Kerris joined EPI in September 2021. Kerris previously worked at the Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion (CASE) at the London School of Economics (LSE), where she is currently a Visiting Senior Fellow. Kerris has over ten years of research experience focused on poverty and inequalities, covering many topics including the causal effect of income on children’s outcomes, the role of social security policies in mitigating or exacerbating inequalities, changes in the attitudinal context for policy-making and gendered data gaps in violent crime statistics.
Kerris’ expertise relates to childhood inequalities in particular and in 2017 she completed a PhD in Social Policy at the LSE, exploring the relationship between poverty and parenting in the UK and the role of mothers’ mental health. Kerris holds a First Class Honours degree in Combined Social Sciences from Durham University and an MSc in Social Policy (Research) with Distinction from the LSE