Dr Kim Allen

My research is located at the intersections of youth studies, sociology, gender studies and the cultural studies of education. A feminist researcher, my work is informed by a commitment to social justice. My research falls into four key areas: youth transitions, aspirations and inequalities of social class, gender, race and place;  young people’s cultural practices and engagements with celebrity; representations of class and gender in popular culture; and inequality and diversity in the creative and cultural industries. I have worked on a range of research projects in these areas including the ESRC-funded ‘Celebrity Culture and Young People’s Classed and Gendered Aspirations’.  A book based on the project  – Celebrity, Aspiration and Contemporary Youth: Education and Inequality in an Era of Austerity – is published by Bloomsbury Press (2018).