Emma Hyde

Emma Hyde


In 2017, I graduated with a First-Class Honours BA in English Literature and Sociology from The University of Leeds and completed a teaching placement year as part of my degree. I then continued my studies at Leeds, graduating in 2018 with an MSc Distinction in Inequalities and Social Science. Following my MSc, I was appointed a full-time position as a Research Assistant and the Ann McPherson Fellow at The Health Experiences Research Group (HERG), University of Oxford. Here, I assisted senior researchers with qualitative research into experiences of health, illness, and well-being. During my time at HERG, I carried out an independent qualitative secondary analysis of interviews from the HERG data archive exploring young people’s experiences of depression. During analysis, I found that young people repeatedly drew on conflicting concepts and discourse surrounding ‘youth’ and ‘being young’ to explain and make sense of their experiences; for example, the normalisation of depression as ‘inevitable hormonal angst’ that ‘will pass’ and the dismissal of ‘real’ depression because ‘you’re young, what have you got to be depressed about’. As a result, I presented my project, ‘‘You’re young, it’s gonna happen, you’ll grow out of it’’: Exploring how young people make sense of depression among conflicting discourses surrounding ‘youth’ at the September 2019 Annual Medical Sociology Conference (University of York). After completing my Research Assistant post, I was awarded a 2019 Leeds Doctoral Scholarship, which gave me the opportunity to begin PhD study in The School of Sociology and Social Policy here at Leeds.

Research interests

My current PhD research addresses structural causes of poor mental wellbeing through focusing on ‘Millennials’ (born in the last 2 decades of the 20th century) who suffer the structural ‘failure’ of not securing independent living. With parental co-residence as the key focus, I also aim to explore parents’ wellbeing related to their perceived ability to alleviate young adults’ difficulties. I am also a member of The Centre for Research on Families, Life Course and Generations (FLaG) in The School of Sociology & Social Policy, University of Leeds.

My research interests include:

  • Youth, family, life course trajectories & transitions
  • Inequalities
  • Social perspectives on health and well-being (particularly mental health)
  • Qualitative methodology

Relevant sites:


  • MSc Inequalities & Social Science
  • BA English Literature & Sociology (Industry)

Research groups and institutes

  • Centre for Research on Families, The Life Course and Generations