2012-2015 PhD in Human Geography, thesis title: Young People, Alcohol and Urban Life (completed within three years, and awarded with no amendments), The University of Manchester
2011-2012 MSc Environmental Governance (Distinction) The University of Manchester
2008-2011 BA (Hons) Geography (First class), The University of Manchester
Sept 2015 – Sept 2016 The BOUGH project, the University of Nottingham, Institute of Mental Health, School of Sociology and Social Policy
The BOUGH project seeks to define good quality good home care for people with dementia. I was embedded within a Home Care organisation, working as a member of the home care provider’s team and in accordance with their operating procedures and guidance. My duties involved providing hand-on personal care for people with dementia, whilst also conducting team ethnography. I gained experience of working across organisational structures (e.g. home care provider, university, client’s home), and experience of conducting collaborative analysis using Nvivo
January 2012-September 2015, University of Manchester, School of Environment, Education and Development
I assisted on a variety of Geography units, including Maps and Politics; Tutorials and Book Review; The Geography of Life; Cities and Consumption; Understanding Human Geography; Geography in 21st Century; and Research Design and Crete Overseas Fieldwork.
January 2013- September 2013, University of Liverpool, Department of Geography and Planning
I assisted with seminars on Social and Cultural Geography, and co-delivered these with another colleague.
April 2017 - September 2017 'Scholars and Realising Opportunities Programme: Academic Tutorials, University of Liverpool'
• Working with partner schools/colleges to widen participation, promote fair access and social mobility for students from groups under-represented in higher education
• Allocated three tutees and mentored them throughout the process of applying for University, and writing an academic assignment
• Responsible for marking the assignments and providing feedback on a draft
I have peer-reviewed journal articles submitted to Gender, Place, and Culture: A Journal of Feminist Geography; Health & Place; Children’s Geographies; Social Inclusion; and Social and Cultural Geography
Human Geography is a fantastic degree, with dedicated and enthusiastic staff. It is a degree which can lead to a range of fantastic employment opportunities, as it can equip you with a range of 'real world' skills.
I currently assit with lecture, workshop, and seminar delivery on a range of undergraduate units:
6F4Z3002 Introducing Human Geographies
6F4Z3005H Tutorials and Field Course
6F5Z3003 Economic and Development Geographies
6F5Z3002 Social and Cultural Geography
6F6Z3010/13 Contemporary Issues in Geography and Environment
6F6Z3001 Final Year Project (dissertation)
6F6Z3002 Spaces of Culture and Identity
My research expertise is in utilising innovative, qualitative methods and applied health research projects. Most recently, my post-doctoral research fellow role involved working with a home care organisation. A large part of the role involved me providing 'hands on' personal care for people with dementia in their own home, whilst using my reflections from this as a form of data. In order to equip myself with the necessary skills, I completed relevant certificated training in; Moving & Handling training; Certificate of Completion for Medication – Home Care 8 Administration Level training session; Certificate of Completion for CAREgiver Learning and Development. The research showed the valuable, skilled and complex work care workers undertake. For instance, the performative work done by care workers was brought to the fore, and the way in which care workers have to negotiate often complex relationships with family members.
Prior to this, for my PhD, I worked with a collaborative CASE partnership organisation, a community engagement specialist, Our Life. My research explored young people’s alcohol consumption practices and experiences in Chorlton and Wythenshawe, Manchester, UK. I used ethnographic methods, including: participant observation; in-depth interviews with young people and parents; peer-interviews; drawing elicitation interviews; diaries; mobile phone interviews; and text messaging. My research captured the fluidity and mobility of young people’s experiences as they move through streets, parks and bedrooms that make up the often over-looked settings of suburban drinking. The research was successful in demonstrating the centrality of care, friendship, intergenerational relationships and atmospheres of music and lighting to young people’s drinking practices.
I also have a research interest in animal geographies and maps. For my MSc, I completed a dissertation titled: 'Being Camilla: Towards Non-Anthropocentric Environmental Governance'. My dissertation aimed to ‘give voice’ to a captive chameleon, and move towards non-anthropocentric environmental decision-making processes. I conducted an ethnographic study of a chameleon in captivity at a leisure park, using: participant observation of the chameleon and human-animal interactions; video-elicitation interviews with leisure park visitors; and diaries with Camilla’s keepers. Additionally, my BA dissertation was titled: ‘Playing with Maps: Twinlakes Family Theme Park'. The aim of my research was to determine how well the map represented the Theme Park, in order to suggest improvements for a more effective product. I conducted an ethnographic study, involving: participant observation of people using maps, whilst embedded as a theme park worker; elite interviews with the theme park manager and the map designer; and walking interviews with leisure users as they navigated the Theme Park.
I am currently Principal Investigator on a 12 month project, funded by the Manchester Geographical Society, using an ethnographic research approach to explore the perceived impacts of airbnb on communities in Greater Manchester. I am undertaking this research with a colleague at Edge Hill University.
S. Wilkinson (2016). Drinking in the dark: shedding light on young people’s alcohol consumption experiences. Social and Cultural Geography. 18(6), pp.739-757.
S. Wilkinson (2016). Hold the phone! Culturally credible research ‘with’ young people. Children's Geographies. 14(2), pp.232-238.
S. Wilkinson (2015). Alcohol, young people and urban life. Geography Compass. 9(3), pp.115-126.
S. Wilkinson (2017). Young Women's Careful and Careless Drinking Geographies. In: Children, Young People and Care. Routledge Spaces of Childhood and Youth Series,
S. Wilkinson (2016). Young People's Drinking Geographies. In: Geographies of Children and Young People.
S. Wilkinson (2015). Young People’s Alcohol-Related Urban Im/Mobilities. In: Drinking Dilemmas Space, Culture and Identity. Routledge,
April 2016: Assisted in co-organising a conference, titled: ‘Im/Mobile Youth: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Spatial and Temporal Change in Young People’s Lives’. My role involved gaining funding; submitting a call for abstracts; reviewing abstracts; deciding the time/date/venue; promoting the event; assisting with catering organisation; and chairing a session
March 2016: Helped to co-organise the Alcohol Research UK Postgraduate and Early Career Symposium with Alcohol Research UK, and early career researchers, which took place in Birmingham. My role involved revising the call for abstracts; publicising the event; discussing the structure of the day; and reviewing submitted abstracts
Sept 2015: Co-organised a double session held at the Royal Geographical Society – Institute of British Geographers ‘Geographies of the Anthropocene’ conference (University of Exeter), with a colleague at the University of Liverpool. The session was titled ‘(Un)Called for or Uncool?: Towards Young People Friendly Research Methods’. My role co-involved putting out a call for papers via various online platforms; applying to (and gaining) sponsorship from the Participatory Geographies Research Group; reviewing and accepting/rejecting submitted abstracts; chairing the sessions.
March 2014: I have helped to co-organise the Alcohol Research UK Postgraduate and Early Career symposium with Alcohol Research UK, Dr Linda Ng Fat (University College London), and Natasha Clarke (University of Liverpool). My role involved co-deciding the date, time and location of the Symposium; the format of the day; the length of papers; and reviewing submitted papers, and deciding which should be accepted/rejected
May 2017 Research Centre for Applied Social Sciences, Manchester Metropolitan University, £687, to attend the Royal Geographical Society Conference with Institute of British Geographers (29th August – 1st September, 2017, London)
May 2017 British Council Newton Fund. Awarded £150 to attend the Employing Information and Communications Technologies in Homes and Cities for the Health and Well-Being of Older people (August 2017, Bradford)
March 2017 Manchester Geographical Society, £527, joint application with Dr Catherine Wilkinson to conduct ethnographic research into: ‘Exploring Airbnb: Perspectives from Manchester’
July 2016 British Council Newton Fund. Awarded £1200 to attend the Employing Information and Communications Technologies in Homes and Cities for the Health and Well-Being of Older People (August 2016, Chengdu, China)
Oct 2015: Manchester Geographical Society, funding to cover flights from Manchester to Amsterdam for attendance at an international seminar, titled: ‘YOUNG DIVERCITIES: Encountering and Living with Hyper-Diversity: Young People’s Urban Experiences’, Utrecht, the Netherlands 5th-6th November, 2015
July 2015: North West Doctoral Training College Interdisciplinary Fund, £614 for co-organising a one day conference with a colleague from the Sociology department at The University of Manchester on the theme of ‘Im/mobile Youth: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Spatial and Temporal Change in Young People’s Lives’. Event took place in April 2016
June 2015: Manchester Geographical Society, £250 towards attendance at RGS/IBG conference (1st-4th September, 2015, Exeter)
June 2015: School of Environment, Education and Development Conference Support Fund, £263 towards attendance at the RGS/IBG conference (1st-4th September, 2015, Exeter)
March 2015: Manchester Geographical Society, £250 towards attendance at 4th International Children, Youth and Families conference (12th-15th January, 2015, San Diego)
Sept 2014: North West Doctoral Training College Interdisciplinary Fund, £145 awarded towards attendance at Children, Young People and Families in Changing Urban Spaces conference (3rd - 4th September 2014, Northampton)
August 2014: Manchester Geographical Society, £100 towards attendance at RGS/IBG conference (26th-29th August 2014, London)
2011: Awarded Kathleen Tootill and Elsie Grimshaw Masters Award of £2,500 (2011), awarded for continuation to masters study, due to outstanding undergraduate degree results
2008-2011: Manchester Advantage Scholarship of £5,000 per year (2008-2011) = £15,000, due to outstanding A Level results
• Met with Sir Martin Donnelly, Permanent Secretary for the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and acting Permanent Secretary at the Department for International Trade, in Chengdu, China. Discussed young people’s engagement with China through researcher activities including Researcher Links workshop. The aim was to promote more British people coming to China for study and internship.
• During my PhD, I contributed to my CASE partner’s, Our Life’s, public engagement activities by attending, and presenting at, their citizen inquiry community workshops. Community members used the findings I presented at the Halton Alcohol Inquiry to suggest recommendations to educational figures; alcohol licensing bodies; the police; and public health bodies, at a launch event. This led to the signing of a pledge between these bodies regarding how they would work ‘with’ community members to see their recommendations come to fruition. Findings have fed into Our Life’s report, which outlines recommendation for how Halton can have a healthier relationship with alcohol. I also participated in a workshop in order to critically evaluate Our Life’s ‘Under the Influence? Alcohol Discussion Kit’, consequently suggesting improvements for a more effective product
• Ray Hodgson Award for Best Paper at Alcohol Research UK Postgraduate and Early Career Symposium 2016 (2016) (certificate and £100 prize)
• Manchester Geographical Society ‘Outstanding Overall Performance in Finals’ (2011)
• The University of Manchester ‘Highly Commended Performance in Final Honours Geography Dissertation’ (2011)
• The University of Manchester ‘Richard Thomas Award 2009/2010 ‘Outstanding Achievement in Second Year Geography’ (2009)
• The University of Manchester ‘Creativity Award’ (2009)
Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (June, 2017)