Helena is reading for an MSc in Comparative Social Policy and is a member of St. Catherine’s College. She holds a BA in History from the University of York, having graduated with first-class honours in 2016. Since graduating, Helena has primarily worked at ComRes, a leading Westminster-based research consultancy which uses quantitative and qualitative methods to explore the reputational and practical challenges of high-profile public policy issues. Having witnessed first-hand the relative intransigence of public opinion, but nevertheless the influence it exercises over policy-making, she comes to the course with a particular interest in how cultural, moral and political discourses manifest themselves in ideal of citizenship and approaches to social cohesion. Further to this, she is also interested in how these often create a disjunction between the design of welfare policies and the reality of hardship and its causes.