Shivani Sickotra

Shivani Sickotra


Shivani is a third year PhD student at the Data Analytics and Society Centre for Doctoral Training. Her research is funded by the UKRI Economic and Social Research Council and the South Yorkshire Mayoral Combined Authority (SY MCA). She is based at the University of Sheffield with postgraduate research and training also extending across the University of Leeds, Manchester and Liverpool.

Her PhD project 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 MCA and is supervised by Professor Philip McCann, Professor Gwilym Pryce and Professor Andy Dickerson. The primary focus of her research revolves around the skills and educational landscape of South Yorkshire, considering socio-economic factors, and how improvement can facilitate Levelling Up of the region. She is particularly interested in investigating post-16 education and labour market trajectories using sequence and cluster analysis. 

In 2020, Shivani joined the University of Leeds alumni community, graduating with a 2:1 in BSc (Hons) Mathematical Sciences. Her 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. The pre-print is available to view here.

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Sickotra, S. (2023) ‘Mapping South Yorkshire employees by occupation industry’, People, place and policy., pp. 1–3. doi: 10.3351/ppp.2023.5989659995.

Sickotra, S. (2021) ‘Solitons: Kinks, Collisions and Breathers’. doi: 10.48550/arxiv.2103.12916.


Research interests

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


  • MSc Data Analytics and Society, University of Sheffield
  • BSc (Hons) Mathematical Sciences, University of Leeds