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Dr Emily Winter

Research Associate

Emily Winter





I recently completed my PhD in the Sociology and Religious Studies departments, here at Lancaster University.  My project explored the young adult engagement strategies of six Christian social action groups in the UK.  I charted three main strategies - adult-forming, youth-empowering, and self-organising- and assessed the effectiveness and long-term sustainability of each group.  I was particularly interested in exploring the connections between religious change and changing patterns of political engagement, participation and citizenship.

I am now employed as a Research Associate on the iGen project, a joint project between Lancaster University and Stanford Unviersity.   The project explores the worldviews of the so-called iGen, those born after 1993.  Through pilot research (including interviews and focus groups), we hope to explore the values of young people today.

Research Grants

For my Masters and PhD, I was a recipient of an ESRC 1+3 award

Current Teaching

No current teaching.

I previously taught on Media and Cultural Studies 101 (2016), and was a Writing Tutor in the FASS (Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences) Writing Space between 2014 and 2016, working one-to-one with undergraduate students to improve their academic writing.


PhD in Sociology (Lancaster University)

MA in Sociological Research- Distinction (Lancaster University)

BA (Hons) in History- First Class (University of Exeter)

Thesis Title

Engaging Millennials: the strategies and experiences of Christian social action groups in the UK

External Roles

Alongside my PhD, I carried out research for two NGOs.  I worked as a researcher for Green Christian, an environmental movement, and, with Linda Woodhead, conducted an evaluation of Micah Challenge, an organisation that encourages churches to be involved with development advocacy.

Peer reviewer for YOUNG: Nordic Journal of Youth Studies

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