Reader in Human Geography, Loughborough University

My research focuses on the geographies of youth citizenship, informal education and volunteering in both contemporary and historical contexts. Current ESRC-funded research (via an FRL award 2014-17) examines the state’s motivations behind, the voluntary sector’s engagement with, and young people’s experiences of, National Citizen Service (NCS) since its launch in 2011. My previous research projects have been funded by the ESRC, AHRC (Co-I) and Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) and explored the gendered citizenship projects and educational philosophies of several British youth movements across the twentieth century, including the Scouts, Girl Guides, Woodcraft Folk, and Jewish Lads’ Brigade. This work has been published in a number of journal articles, with my broader research interests captured in two co-edited collections: on ‘Informal Education, Childhood & Youth’ (2014, Palgrave Macmillan) and ‘Politics, Citizenship and Rights’ (2016, Springer). I have also published on the geographies of youth work, faith, archival research methods and public historical geographies. A recent research project funded by the Institute of Historical Research has drawn these interests together to consider the ‘sonic geographies of childhood’.

Experience

  • –present
    Senior Lecturer in Human Geography , Loughborough University