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Who we are

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Sharon Gewirtz

Sharon is the Principal Investigator (PI) of the Young Lives, Young Futures project, and is Professor of Education in the School of Education, Communication and Society at King’s College London where she also co-directs the Centre for Public Policy Research.


Her research is in the field of policy sociology with a particular focus on education policy and issues of equality and social justice.

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Sait Bayrakdar

Sait is a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the School of Education, Communication and Society at King’s College London and an expert in quantitative social research (including large scale surveys), social stratification and intersectionality.


He has previously conducted research on young people’s housing transitions and on the life course transitions of LGBTQI+ individuals.

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Rana Khazbak

Rana has recently joined theYoung Lives, Young Futures team as a Postdoctoral Research Associate, She's responsible for the qualtitative research strand, with a particular focus on engaging young people. 


Rana was previously an ESRC postdoctoral fellow at the Centre for Public Policy Research, King’s College London. Her fellowship built on her PhD thesis, which explored the impact of social housing regeneration on the wellbeing of young people from lower-income backgrounds. 

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Alice Weavers

Alice is a ​PhD student at King's College London. She is a qualified youth worker with a background in youth, community work and policy. Prior to joining King's, she was a Policy Advisor in the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport where she led on youth voice policy. 

Alice works on the qualitative strand of the project, conducting fieldwork with young people and practitioners and contributing to analysis. Her PhD research is exploring the position, involvement and influence of young people in government policymaking.

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Chris Winch

Chris is Professor of Educational Philosophy and Policy at King’s College London and is a renowned expert in vocational education.


His research currently focuses on professional know-how and judgement, philosophy of education, comparative European vocational and professional education, youth transitions from school to work and VET in England.

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Meg Maguire

Meg is Professor of Sociology of Education at King’s College London where she researches urban education and education policy.


She has a strong interest in the lives of teachers and her previous research has explored issues of class, race, gender and age in teachers’ social and professional worlds. Meg has also previously conducted ESRC-funded research on young people’s post-compulsory transitions in education.

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Andrea Laczik

Andrea is Head of Research at The Edge Foundation and an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Oxford, Department of Education.


Andrea’s research interests lie in vocational education and training (VET) policy and practice, employer engagement, the comparative study of VET, provisions for young people and adults from disadvantaged backgrounds and transitions from school to work, further training or higher education.

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Olly Newton

Olly is the Executive Director of The Edge Foundation where his job is to understand the latest education research and practice in the UK and worldwide. He gathers together the facts, figures, research and evidence to share with policy makers, practitioners and the media, and is the lead author of Edge’s research and policy reports.


Before joining Edge, he spent ten years with the Department for Education, most recently as Head of Apprenticeship Strategy.

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Alison Wolf

Alison is the Sir Roy Griffiths Professor of Public Sector Management at King’s College London, and she sits as a cross-bench peer in the House of Lords.


Alison specialises in the relationship between education and the labour market. She has a particular interest in training and skills policy, universities, and the medical workforce.


Kate Ryan

Kate works as the Research Engagement & Support Officer on the Young Lives, Young Futures project, providing communications and administrative support to the project team. 

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Charlotte McPherson

Charlotte worked on Young Lives, Young Futures as a Postdoctoral Research Associate. She is now based at the University of Melbourne, but continues to work as a consultant on our project.


Charlotte’s research is in the field of youth studies and the sociology of youth, with a strong focus on social inequalities, social justice, and youth transitions, which she explores with young people using qualitative methodologies. She serves on the editorial team of the Journal of Applied Youth Studies.

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