Hilary Pilkington has a long standing research interest in youth and youth cultural practices, post-socialist societies and qualitative, especially, ethnographic research methods. She has been coordinator or principal investigator of over a dozen large research grants involving multiple international partners including the FP7 MYPLACE project (http://www.fp7-myplace.eu/), AHRC Post-socialist Punk project and the ESRC Drug use and youth cultural practice in Russia project.
Her current research focuses on youth, inclusion and exclusion, political participation, subculture, activism and extremism. She is currently coordinator of the H2020 DARE (Dialogue about Radicalisation and Equality) project (http://www.dare-h2020.org/), which considers the social origins and effects of radicalisation, focusing on young people and on both Islamist and anti-Islam(ist) (extreme right) radicalisations. She is also a member of the coordinating team of the H2020 PROMISE (PROmoting youth Involvement and Social Engagement: Opportunities and challenges for ‘conflicted’ young people across Europe) project, as part of which she is engaged in a study of young Muslims' responses to the UK government PREVENT programme.