Hilary Pilkington is Professor of Sociology at the University of Manchester and Fellow of the UK Academy of Social Sciences. She has been coordinator or principal investigator of over a dozen large research grants involving multiple international partners. 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.
Hilary has a long standing research interest in youth and youth cultural practices, post-socialist societies and qualitative, especially, ethnographic research methods. Her current research focuses on youth, inclusion and exclusion, political participation, subculture, activism and extremism. Her most recent publications include: Pilkington, H. (2016) Loud and Proud: Passion and Politics in the English Defence League, Manchester: Manchester University Press (winner of the BBC Thinking Allowed Ethnography Award, 2017); Pilkington, H. (2017) ‘Employing meta-ethnography in the analysis of qualitative data sets: A new tool for transnational research projects?’, Qualitative Research (May 2017). DOI: 10.1177/1468794117707805; Pilkington, H. ‘‘EDL Angels stand beside not behind their men’: the politics of gender and sexuality in an anti-Islam(ist) movement, Gender and Education 29 (2): 238-57; Pilkington, H., Pollock, G. and Franc R. (eds) (2017) Understanding Youth Participation across Europe: From Survey to Ethnography, Basingstoke: PalgraveMacmillan; Pilkington, H. and Pollock, G. (eds) (2015) Radical Futures? Youth, Politics and Activism in Europe, Oxford: Wiley.
Hilary is currently a Commissioner on the Preventing Violent Extremism and Promoting Social Cohesion Commission which seeks to develop a Greater Manchester approach to preventing hateful extremism and strengthening social cohesion.