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Charlotte McPherson is a research associate in the School of Education, Communication and Society at King's College London and one of the co-investigators of the ESRC-funded 'Opportunity, equality and agency in England's new VET landscape: a longitudinal study of post-16 transitions' project.

Charlotte has a BA in Sociology and Social Policy (2015), a master's in Applied Social Research (2016) and a PhD in Sociology and Social Policy (2020) all from the University of Stirling. She serves on the editorial team of the Journal of Applied Youth Studies.


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. Research interests include:

  • Youth transitions (education, employment, personal)
  • Social inequalities
  • Social and intergenerational injustice
  • The role of place and belonging
  • Social support
  • Poverty and socioeconomic disadvantage

Charlotte recently conducted qualitative research exploring young people's experiences of food insecurity during the nationwide Covid-19 lockdown in Edinburgh and London. She is currently working as part of a team of researchers at King's College London on a major ESRC-funded study of the opportunities and experiences of the 50 per cent of young people in England who do not go on to university.

Charlotte also teaches on the MA Education, Policy and Society.

Charlotte would be interested in supervising MA and PhD projects in the following themes:

  • Youth transitions/experiences/perspectives and how these are shaped by socio-structural factors and inequalities
  • The role of place in young people's lives and transitions
  • Social inequalities in education and employment
  • Social and intergenerational (in)justice and young people
  • Intersectional analyses of young lives
  • Social networks and social capital of young people