Dr Sharon Elley – School of Sociology and Social Policy, University of Leeds
My research broadly falls under the umbrella of the sociology of education. I am keenly interested in understanding people’s lived experiences of formal and informal education, widening participation; and life-course transitions across education and employment. I combine previous professional experience with my academic interests in researching inequalities, disadvantage and marginalisation. Bridging the gap between academic knowledge and professional practice, and developing participatory research methods also remain a key focus of my work. I am the author of ‘Understanding Sex and Relationship Education, Youth and Class: A Youth Work-Led Approach’ (Palgrave, 2013) as well as a number of journal articles in: The Sociological Review, Sociology; and Sociological Research Online. I am also the Co-Director of the Centre for Research on Families, the Life Course and Generations (FLaG); Co-Investigator on a 3 year ESRC project ‘Living Gender in Diverse Times’ (2018-21) and a Board Trustee for Advonet in Leeds which is an advocacy service for a wide range of people from diverse backgrounds.