Deborah Smeaton

Deborah joined PSI in 1999 and, as a mixed-methods researcher, has worked on a broad range of projects, using a variety of methodological approaches. She is experienced in:

  • overall research design
  • quantitative data analysis (cross sectional, panel, large and complex)
  • survey design
  • qualitative methods including case studies, focus groups and in-depth interviewing
  • qualitative data analysis
  • evaluation design and
  • systematic literature reviewing/distillation.

Her research experience and publications span a variety of areas, with a focus on labour-market issues, including: entrepreneurship, older workers, change in the workplace, work and parenthood, maternity and paternity rights, discrimination, equalities, disadvantage, work-life balance, welfare to work and, more recently, food hygiene and nutrition-related research.

Deborah has managed projects for a wide variety of clients and agencies, including: DTI, DWP, HMRC, ESRC, JRF, EHRC, Nuffield, FSA England, FSA Northern Ireland, TUC, NESTA and the Big Lottery Fund.

Recent projects led and conducted by Deborah include: an evaluation of a Nutrition Award Scheme pilot for food businesses (for the Food Standards Agency in Northern Ireland), an evaluation of the impact on livelihood development of International Development grants on overseas communities (for the Big Lottery Fund); trends, causes and correlates of continuing to work beyond state pension age (for Eurofound) and a literature review of the costs and benefits to businesses of adopting work-life balance and flexible working policies and practices (for BIS).


B.Sc. (hons) Sociology, Kingston University

M.Sc. Political Philosophy, London School of Economics

M.Sc. Social Research Methods (distinction), University of Surrey

Contact details

  • Telephone: +44 (0) 20 7911 7530


Evaluation of FSA Guidance on Cross Contamination

Evaluation of the 'Survival Guide to Food' Project summary

Working after state-pension age

The EHRC Triennial Review

Disability Living Allowance and Attendance Allowance: impact study

Jobseeker Regime and Flexible New Deal (JRFND) Evaluation

Older Workers: Expectations, Preferences and Barriers

BTW 50+: Literature Review and Indicative Guide for Secondary Data Analysis

BIG Small Grants Evaluation: Study Description

Older People Inside and Outside the Labour Market: A Review

An Ageing Workforce: The Employer's Perspective

The Future of Work: the employer perspective

Employment transitions of older workers: the role of flexible employment in maintaining labour market participation and promoting job quality

Costs and Benefits to Business of Adopting Work Life Balance Working Practices: A Literature Review


Older British employees’ declining attitudes over 20 years and across classes

The Growing Discontents of Older British Employees: Extended Working Life at Risk from Quality of Working Life

Costs and Benefits to Business of Adopting Work Life Balance Working Practices: A Literature Review

Impact of BIG Funding of Community Enterprise Overseas

Development Work for Wave 2 of the Food Issues Survey - Summary

Jobseekers Regime and Flexible New Deal evaluation: A report on qualitative research findings

The EHRC Triennial Review: Developing the Employment Evidence Base

Support for Newly Unemployed and Six Month Offer evaluations: A report on qualitative research findings

Jobseekers Regime and Flexible New Deal, the Six Month Offer and Support for the Newly Unemployed evaluations: An early process study

Older workers: employment preferences, barriers and solutions

50+ Back to work evidence review and indicative guide for secondary data analysis

A review of BIG funding for older people

The future of work: employers and workplace transformation

Maternity and Paternity Rights and Benefits: Survey of Employees 2005

Individuals' donations to charities and their use of tax relief

Managing to Change? British workplaces and the future of work

Work-based learning for adults: an evaluation of labour market effects

'High-performance' Management Practices, Working Hours and Work-Life Balance

The Impact of Adult Basic Skills Pathfinder Extension Activities: Stage 2 of the Evaluation

Employment Flows and Disjunctures in the Third Age. An analysis of the career paths of men and women approaching retirement age