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Emma Taylor-Collins

PhD Candidate, University of Birmingham

I’m a part-time PhD student in the Third Sector Research Centre (2015-). I’m also Senior Research Officer at the Wales Centre for Public Policy (Cardiff University) and the Alliance for Useful Evidence. In my PhD research, I am especially interested in how the influences of culture, society, school, family, and peers might affect the ability of girls from low-income backgrounds, who may be at risk of marginalisation owing to their gender, age and family income, to take part in social action over time.

Prior to this, I was Research Associate at the School of Education at the University of Birmingham, seconded to charity Step Up To Serve. I have also worked for youth charity Free The Children, think tank Credos, and charity English PEN. Until recently I also ran an editorial consultancy, Consult Write, offering proofreading, copywriting and copyediting services.

My volunteering experience includes English PEN, the Global Poverty Project, the Prince’s Trust, and Nobody Ever Told Me About Politics.


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    PhD Candidate, University of Birmingham