Dr Svetlana Speight

NatCen Social Research

Dr Svetlana Speight (MA, DPhil) is a Research Director at NatCen Social Research. Her research interests are in gender, fatherhood, and early childhood education and care.


She currently leads on the Study of Early Education and Development funded by the Department for Education, which is a major evaluation of early years provision and its impacts in England. Her recent projects include evaluations of research use in schools for the Education Endowment Foundation and the Evaluation of Children’s Centres in England for the Department for Education.


In 2006, Svetlana completed a DPhil thesis at the University of Oxford, which compared gender-role attitudes and perceptions of gender inequality in Great Britain and Russia.