Dr Laura Cartwright


I undertook my PhD at the University of Leeds (2010 - 2015) researching how neoliberal policymaking, particulary in relation to education and the labour market, has impacted upon young people's experience of transitioning to adulthood. Having worked as a Part-time Lecturer at Leeds Beckett University on the Context of Practice (Social Policy) module on the BA Youth Work and Community Development degree, I returned to Leeds University in 2018 as a Research Fellow on the Financing for Society - Crowdfunding Public Infrastructure Project in the Bauman Institute.

Funded by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, and working alongside Principal Investigator Dr Mark Davis, the project seeks to explore the barriers and opportunities to utilising Crowdfunding as a way of delivering public infrastructure projects in a way that attempts to create a more sustainable, inclusive and democratic economy.

Research interests

Primarily, I am interested in young people and how they experience, negotiate and understand themselves and their identity in relation to macro-level changes in political economy, policy and culture. My research so far has focused on examining how changes in higher education and employment towards market-driven approaches, has impacted upon youth trajectories and biographies and the effects of the disjuncture between young people's expectations and experiences on their sense of identity.

My current research interests include:

  • Intergenerational inequality and downward social mobility
  • Social divisions between young and old (particularly post-Brexit)
  • Young peoples attitudes towards, and engagement with politics
  • 'Youth' poverty and disparities of wealth (assets and income) between the generations
<h4>Research projects</h4> <p>Any research projects I'm currently working on will be listed below. Our list of all <a href="https://essl.leeds.ac.uk/dir/research-projects">research projects</a> allows you to view and search the full list of projects in the faculty.</p>


  • PhD - 'Permanently Temping?' - Education, Labour Markets and Precarious Transitions to Adulthood
  • MA Sociology of Contemporary Culture - University of York
  • BA (Hons) Media and Popular Culture - Leeds Beckett University