Mary Reader

Mary Reader

Senior Researcher, Social Mobility and Vulnerable Learners

Mary joined the Education Policy Institute in January 2020. She holds a First Class degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from the University of Oxford and a Master of Public Administration (Distinction) in Public and Social Policy from the LSE.

Prior to joining EPI, Mary worked in parliament for an MP, and as a Research Assistant at the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR), where she worked primarily on health and care policy.

Alongside her work at EPI, Mary is currently co-authoring three papers at the Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion (CASE) at LSE with Dr Kitty Stewart and Dr Tania Burchardt. This research encompasses the impact of the Health in Pregnancy Grant on birth outcomes, the shifting boundaries of private and public welfare activity in England, and continuity and change in the take-up of funded early education by children’s background since 2015.

Mary has contributed to the book Women of Westminster: The MPs that Changed Politics (2019).