Shalisha Patrick

Shalisha Patrick

My concern is that around the world, those who lose out in policy decisions, are consistently from the most vulnerable demographic of people; those who are young, unemployed or disabled. My passion to study Comparative Social Policy stems from my desire to evaluate the adequacy of the policy solutions used to improve the wellbeing of the world’s most vulnerable and disadvantaged groups.

Prior to beginning the MSc, I studied mathematics at Aston University, Birmingham.  During my undergraduate studies, I conducted a PhD level research project; modelling the core components  of a Porcine Circovirus to provide Aston’s Non-linearity and complexity Research Group with the necessary insights to cure its associated diseases. Not only was I awarded with a Biomedical Vacation scholarship by the Wellcome Trust, but I am also due to become the first Aston University mathematics Undergraduate to co-author research of this magnitude.

My mathematical background will enable me to derive important comparisons about policy outcomes from large data sets. The MSc in comparative social policy will challenge me to develop as a critical thinker to evaluate theoretical and analytical traditions of welfare systems used world-wide.

My research areas of interest include social justice, poverty and the ‘underclass’. My thesis aims to evaluate the comparative ease with which poorer immigrant families and children have been able to integrate into developing societies.