William Byrd

Care Policy and Evaluation Centre, London School of Economics and Political Science

William Byrd

Will is a Research Assistant within the Care Policy and Evaluaction Centre at the London School of Economics and Political Science. His work has primarily been centred around the Social Care COVID Recovery & Resilience project, with a focus on understanding what interventions have been studied in long-term care during the Covid-19 pandemic. In 2022, he was awarded a NIHR SSCR Career Development Award to focus on developing his qualitative skills and knowledge of financial analysis, and drafting a PhD application.

Will completed an undergraduate degree in Natural Sciences at the University of Cambridge, and an MSc in Climate Change: Environment, Science and Policy at King’s College London. His postgraduate dissertation focused on ‘The Intersection of Financialisation and Resilience in UK Water Utility Companies’. Related to these studies and his current work at CPEC, Will’s interests lie in models of ownership, resilience, the relationship between knowledge and practice, and unionisation within the long-term care sector.


Countries UK;
Topics COVID-19 and other infectious diseases and LTC; Infection prevention; LTC Reforms; LTC Workforce; Prevention and rehabilitation and LTC; Unpaid / informal care;
Methods Co-production methods; Document analysis; Literature reviews and synthesis; Policy analysis; Qualitative studies; Surveys; Theory and frameworks;
Role Research;
GOOGLE SCHOLARhttps://scholar.google.co.uk/citations?user=89bdnyAAAAAJ&hl=en
Key publications
  • Byrd, W., Salcher-Konrad, M., Smith, S., & Comas-Herrera, A. (2021). What long-term care interventions and policy measures have been studied during the COVID-19 pandemic? Findings from a rapid mapping review of the scientific evidence published during 2020. Journal of Long-Term Care2021, 423–437.
  • Comas-Herrera, A., Marczak, J., Byrd, W., Lorenz-Dant, K., Patel, D., Pharoah, D., & Contributors, AL. (2021). LTCCovid International living report on COVID-19 and long-term care. Care Policy & Evaluation Centre, London School of Economics and Political Science: LTCcovid, 3–11.
  • Curry, N., Oung, C., Hemmings, N., Comas-Herrera, A., & Byrd, W. (2023). Building a resilient social care system in England. Nuffield Trust: London, UK, 2023–2005.