Emily is the lead for the project. She developed the programme design with Professor Matt Flinders, Dr Andy Mycock and Helen Goulden, based on the recognition in the ICS Agenda 2020 that young people often identify priorities, envision the future and see routes to change very differently from other age groups and communities. She wanted to empower that through an action research approach and to build a youth ‘Civic Agenda’ and a new blueprint for how a system can be designed and adapted to support that. Her background is in researching activism, active citizenship and social action. She used to lead a portfolio focused on youth research at the British Council, so this project is very close to her heart.