Social sciences

Emily Lowthian

Member since 2024

Occupation: Lecturer in Education at Swansea University

Understanding and helping children thrive requires a flexible, interdisciplinary approach that adapts to our changing world.


Emily Lowthian is a Lecturer in the Department of Education and Childhood at Swansea University. Her research focuses on understanding the impact of societal layers on child and adolescent health and wellbeing. Emily has published work examining the inequalities experienced by young individuals, including socioeconomic status, disability, and gender disparities, and how these affect their mental health, educational outcomes, and health behaviours. Additionally, she explores broader contextual factors such as parent-child relationships, family environments, adversity, and more recently, social media.

Prior to being in the social sciences, Emily worked as a Data Scientist at Swansea University to flourish as an interdisciplinary researcher. Leveraging her advanced statistical skills, Emily conducts rigorous research to address complex social questions. She is dedicated to sharing her expertise with university staff and students, to empower them to utilise statistics effectively in the social sciences, aiming to address the UK’s shortage in data skills.


  • Education - responsibilities and influences
  • Education, ages 5-11
  • Engaging under-represented audiences
  • Evidence based governance
  • Food security
  • Healthy lifestyle support
  • Holistic approach
  • Interdisciplinary research opportunities
  • Research translation
  • Social change