Shivani Sickotra

Shivani Sickotra


I am a second year PhD/MSc student at the Data Analytics and Society Centre for Doctoral Training, funded by the UKRI Economic and Social Research Council. I am based at the University of Sheffield with postgraduate research and training also extending across the University of Leeds, Manchester and Liverpool.

My research is situated within the context of the UK Levelling Up economic strategy and aims to advance economic development in the South Yorkshire region, utilising a data analytics approach to develop an evidence base for policy intervention. This project was developed in collaboration with the South Yorkshire Mayoral Combined Authority and Local Enterprise Partnership. The primary focus of my research will revolve around the skills and educational landscape of South Yorkshire, considering socio-economic factors, and how improvement can facilitate levelling up of the region.

In 2020, I joined the University of Leeds alumni community, graduating with a 2:1 in BSc (Hons) Mathematical Sciences. My first class dissertation explored the mathematics and physics of one-dimensional single soliton and multi-soliton wave solutions of the Sine-Gordon nonlinear hyperbolic partial differential equation.

Research interests

  • Data Analysis and Data Science
  • Regional and Economic Development
  • Spatial Analysis
  • Regional Education and Labour Market Trajectories 


  • BSc (Hons) Mathematical Sciences