Eva Lloyd researches national and international early childhood education and care systems and policies and their impact on children, families and communities. Her primary focus is on marketisation and privatisation of early childhood care and education and their consequences for children growing up with disadvantage. Much of her international research is comparative. As part of her research she explores evidence for policies, strategies and childcare business governance models that can help to improve access, affordability and quality within marketised early childhood services by building on childcare market strengths. She regularly adopts a systems-theory based theoretical approach in her work.
Creating research impact and promoting public engagement with science are key aims for Eva Lloyd as evidenced by her most recent publications, which include blogs and other contributions to the practitioner press and wider media to share findings from the research she is involved in.
Eva also shares her research through lecturing widely to a range of academic, policymaker and practitioner audiences at home and abroad, most recently in Singapore and Hamburg.
The work programme of the International Centre for the Study of the Mixed Economy of Childcare, ICMEC, which she directs, reaches out to the childcare industry, particularly via its international seminar series. Since 2007 this attracts wide-ranging representation from the childcare business sector, local and central government, unions, journalists, think tank staff, academics and students. ICMEC has lively contacts with childcare market researchers across the world, including Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands, Southern Africa, Hong Kong, Korea, Singapore, Brazil, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region and the USA.
In 2012 The Policy Press in Bristol published a volume edited by Eva Lloyd and Helen Penn which reflected the scholarship of the wide range of academics associated with the ICMEC research centre, who are doing research into marketised early childhood education and care systems. Childcare Markets - Can they deliver an equitable service? continues to attract a global readership; it was issued in paperback in 2013.
Eva Lloyd contributed a successful impact case study on the International Centre for the Study of Mixed Economies of Childcare - ICMEC, the research centre she directs at UEL, to the 2014 Research Excellence Framework exercise (REF2014). Currently she is working this up into a continuing ICMEC impact case study for the REF2021.
In previous roles Eva also undertook extensive research into other areas affecting young children and their families. These include the impact of parental imprisonment on children's development and wellbeing and the role of prison visiting centres in improving children's experiences, and parenting education and support.
Eva Lloyd is continually involved in research bid preparations with UEL or external academic and independent researcher colleagues. She welcomes approaches from researchers interested in designing research project applications in her areas of expertise.