Ms Elizabeth Ackerley

Research Associate

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I am coming to the end of a CASE PhD studentship exploring young people’s activism in times of austerity. To undertake this research I have worked in collaboration with RECLAIM, a Manchester-based youth engagement organisation committed to amplifying the voices of working class young people. Using online and offline ethnographic and participatory methods such as activity booklets and biographical mapping, my research has explored: how young people understand, describe and engage in activism; the impact early political education has on young people across the life-course; and how a small youth charity navigates a challenging and changeable socio-economic context.

I have recently joined the Austerity and Altered Life-Courses project as a research associate. This project seeks to explore the socio-political ruptures young people have experienced as a result of austerity policies (including interconnected impacts on family life, employment opportunities, and housing arrangements). This work is focussed on three European devolved or autonomous regions: Greater Manchester (UK), Barcelona Province (Catalonia, Spain) and Sardinia (Italy). 

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 Safer Young Lives Research Centre 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. 

Further information

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. 

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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