Ms Elizabeth Ackerley

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I am currently undertaking an ESRC funded CASE PhD studentship which aims to explore how young people in the UK define and engage in political activism, and the extent to which young people feel they are heard and included in political decision making and debates at a time of austerity. My research involves in-depth ethnographic and participatory research in collaboration with young people working with RECLAIM, a Manchester-based youth engagement organisation that strives to challenge leadership inequality and provide a platform for working class young people to be seen, to be heard and to lead change. 

Prior to joining the University of Manchester I worked as an administrative and communications intern at the MsUnderstood Partnership and as a Research Assistant at the International Centre: Researching child sexual exploitation, violence and trafficking at the University of Bedfordshire. Throughout this time my work focussed on developing creative, meaningful and ethical ways of involving children and young people in research into sexual violence and related forms of harm. 

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I am a member of the Morgan Centre for Research into Everyday Lives, and the Cities, Politics, Economies Research Group, both at the University of Manchester. 

I am a Widening Participation Fellow for Humanities and have previously been a tutor on the Manchester Access Programme

I am one of the Postgraduate Liaison Officers for the Geographies of Children, Youth and Families Research Group

Education / academic qualifications

  • 2018 - Master of Science, Sociological Research, The University of Manchester (2017 - 2018)
  • 2017 - Fellow of the Higher Education Academy , Higher Education Academy (Formerly Known As Learning & Teaching Support Network)
  • 2014 - Bachelor of Arts, French and Italian, University of Exeter (2010 - 2014)

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