Director of Sustainability and Just Transition

Emily is our Director of Sustainability and Just Transition, and previously led our evidence centre, the Institute for Community Studies. Her expertise is in designing, leading and brokering partnerships, tools and impact frameworks to drive social, environmental and place-based impact.

Emily has led research and engagement projects that critically examine the research themes integral to building more equitable, thriving communities. She was previously at the British Council, where she developed the global research portfolio, spanning internationally comparative research into policy and intervention for international development, civil society, and youth; education, and culture. She 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 political instability on citizenship, trust, and social organisation.

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Our journey to net zero

Publication Posted on: 19 February 2024

A five-point plan for a green and fair future

Blog Posted on: 8 February 2024

Policy brief for our journey to net zero

Publication Posted on: 12 October 2023

‘Speaking truth to power’

Blog Posted on: 3 January 2023

The Civic Journey: Summary of emerging findings

Publication Posted on: 19 December 2022

Talking transitions: the road to net zero

Blog Posted on: 22 September 2022

An equitable future for research and innovation

Publication Posted on: 20 July 2022

Undisciplined Spaces

Blog Posted on: 5 February 2021

Risk and Responsibility

Blog Posted on: 28 August 2020

Safety in Numbers?

Blog Posted on: 30 June 2020

Safety in numbers?

Publication Posted on: 30 June 2020

Looking local

Blog Posted on: 29 November 2019


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