Emily is the Head of the Institute of Community Studies, powered by The Young Foundation.

Emily joined us from the British Council where she developed the global research portfolio, spanning internationally comparative research into youth voice and policy, education, civil society, and culture. Emily has led and conducted research in the Western Balkans, the Middle East, Latin America, South Africa and Europe and previously held professional and academic positions at University College London and King’s College London. She began working in research as a creative practitioner researcher with NGOs in the UK and overseas.

Outside of The Young Foundation, Emily is currently funded by the Leverhulme Trust, undertaking research at Queen Mary, University of London into the effect of lengthy political instability on the lived experience of citizenship and social organisation. She has a long standing interest in the power of participatory and creative research approaches. Prior to working in academia she was a playwright and director, running her own theatre company in the UK.