Esme Lillywhite has been commissioned to support our project in 2022, Shaping Social Mobility: Education and Employment, as a freelance Research Associate.
Esme is currently undertaking PhD research in the School of Education at the University of Strathclyde. Her work is focused on the intergenerational transmission of poverty, and she is part of the Institute for Inspiring Children’s Futures Doctoral Research Centre. Her research interests include mixed methods, the impact of inequality and intergenerational cycles of disadvantage.
Prior to beginning her doctoral research, Esme completed a Masters in International Development from Sciences Po, Paris and a BA(Hons) in Politics from the University of Exeter. She was also selected to take part in the Nuffield Undergraduates Scholars Institute in 2019 at the University of Oxford.
Outside of academia, Esme has been an advocate of social mobility in the UK since participating in the Aspiring Professionals Programme run by the Social Mobility Foundation in 2014. Since then, she has volunteered for the educational social mobility charity CoachBright and was shortlisted for the Government and Public Sector Award by UpReach Social Mobility awards 2019.