Dr Morag Treanor is an academic, social researcher and quantitative data analyst with 17+ years’ experience of working across the private, voluntary and public sectors.

The primary focus of her work is child poverty – its measurement, causes, consequences, mitigation and prevention. Her work spans academic research and publications, applied social research for public and voluntary bodies and statistical analysis of large-scale datasets, especially Scottish and UK birth cohort studies. She conducts academic and applied research with a range of collaborative partners.

She is soon to be Professor of Child and Family Inequalities at Heriot-Watt University (April 2019), is currently Senior Lecturer at the University of Stirling, and was lecturer in Quantitative Social Policy at the University of Edinburgh.


Morag’s current research uses birth cohort data, mainly the Growing Up in Scotland study, to explore the impacts of longitudinal poverty and persistently low and high incomes on children’s cognitive, social, emotional and behavioural developmental outcomes and educational transitions. Her research is concerned with the impact of family, peer and social relations on child wellbeing. She is presently conducting longitudinal qualitative research with families affected by Welfare Reform with the Child Poverty Action Group in Scotland called the Early Warning System. She is an experienced quantitative and qualitative researcher in relation to socioeconomic inequalities, vulnerable populations and child wellbeing. Morag has strong links with the third sector and is a member of the Expert Advisory Group  for the Child Poverty Action Group in Scotland.
Her qualitative research has led to high impact work with local authorities and community planning partnerships on preventing and mitigating child poverty at the local level, and with the Educational Institute for Scotland (EIS) on the costs of the school day and children’s participation and experience within schools and education for those on a low income. The EIS and CPAG recently produced a short film on the costs of the school day in collaboration with Morag called ‘School Costs‘.


Morag has strong quantitative and qualitative research skills.  She is unusual for a researcher in that her work uses quantitative and qualitative methods in equal measure to understand child and family poverty.

She is an experienced evaluator and can undertake pre- and post-intervention analyses, process and outcome evaluations, cost/benefit analyses and can provide support with research guidance, evidence reviews and research ethics. Please see the page on ‘Collaboration’ for more information.

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