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.
Internal Academic Service
2012-2015 Postgraduate Representative at The University of Manchester, School of Environment, Education and Development, taking part in school committees through representing the views of postgraduate students to faculty level
External Academic Service
I have peer-reviewed journal articles submitted to Gender, Place, and Culture: A Journal of Feminist Geography; Health & Place; Children’s Geographies; and Social and Cultural Geography
6F4Z3002 Introducing Human Geographies
Throughout the academic year 2016-2017 I will deliver lectures on Urban and Political Geographies, including lectures on regulating the city; globalisation: homogeneity and heterogeneity; and geographies of local and national identities. I will also assist with the delivery of formative assessment, and assist with seminars and workshops on focus groups; qualitative interviews; and qualitative analysis.
6F4Z3005H Tutorials and Field Course (first year unit)
Throughout the academic year 2016-2017, I will deliver tutorials to first year undergraduates, developing their skills in essay writing, critical thinking, and oral presentations. I will also assist with workshops on visual data analysis, participant observation, and qualitative data analysis.
6F5Z3003 Economic and Development Geographies
Throughout the academic year 2016-2017, I will deliver lectures on Contesting Development; The Modernisation School; Neoliberalism; The Fourth World; Young People and the City; Older People and the City; and Pesticides. I will also facilitate an assignment planning workshop; and mark poster presentations.
6F5Z3002 Social and Cultural Geography
Throughout the academic year 2016-2017, I will lead lectures on Thinking Space and Place in Social and Cultural Geography, and a variety of seminars: e.g. What is Culture?; Identities, Space and Place.
6F6Z3010 Contemporary Urbanism and Planning
Throughout the academic year 2016-2017, I will assist with a poster presentation workshop, and assessed poster session.
6F6Z3010/13 Contemporary Issues in Geography and Environment
Throughout the academic year 2016-2017, I will lead lectures on How to Evaluate Research; and Pathways to an Academic Career. I will also chair some sessions in the department’s seminar series, introducing speakers, and facilitating question and answers.
6F6Z3001 Final Year Project (dissertation)
During the academic year 2016-2017, I will assist four students with their dissertation completion.
6F6Z3002 Spaces of Culture and Identity
During the academic year 2016-2017, I will deliver lectures, including: Introduction to the Unit; Theories of Globalisation (1) Flows, Networks; Theories of Globalisation (2) Homogeneity, Heterogeneity; Postcolonial Geographies; Globalisation and Tourism; Globalisation and Music.
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.
Wilkinson, S. (2016). The ‘Dark Side’ of Young People’s Drinking: Shedding Light on Young People’s Alcohol Consumption Experiences. Social and Cultural Geography. pp. 1-19.
Wilkinson, S. (2016). Hold the Phone! Culturally Credible Research ‘with’ Young People. Children’s Geographies. . 14. (2). pp. 232-238.
Wilkinson, S. (2015). Young People, Alcohol and Urban Life. Geography Compass. 9. (3). pp. 115-126.
Wilkinson, S. Young People’s Embodied and Emotional Urban Everynight Experiences of (Hyper)-Diversity. Social and Cultural Geography. Paper submitted for external review, July 2016.
Chapters in books:
Wilkinson, S. (in press). Young Women’s Careful and Careless Drinking Geographies. In Horton, J. and Pyer, M. (Eds.) Children, Young People and Care’. Routledge.
Wilkinson, S. (2016). The Spaces of Young People’s Drinking. In Horton, J., Evans, B. and Skelton. T. (Eds.) Geographies of Children and Young People. Play, Recreation, Health and Well Being. 9. Of Skelton, T. (Ed.) Geographies of Children and Young People. Springer: Singapore.
Wilkinson, S. (2015). Young People’s Alcohol-Related Urban Im/Mobilities. In Thurnell-Read, T. (Ed.) Drinking Dilemmas: Space, Culture and Identity (Sociological Futures). Routledge. pp. 132-149
Wilkinson, S. Being Camilla: The Everyday Leisure Life of a Captive Chameleon. In Young, C. and Carr, B. (Eds.) Wild Animals and Leisure. Accepted, to be submitted October 2016
Wilkinson, S. Young People, Alcohol and Suburban Nightscapes. In Eldridge, A. and Sanchez-Fuarros. (Eds. ) Exploring Nightlife: Space, Society and Governance. Accepted, to be submitted December 2016
Wilkinson, S. (2016). Atmospheres: Aesthetics of Emotional Spaces, by Tonino Griffero (review). Emotion, Space and Society.
Wilkinson, S. (2015). Contemporary Adulthood and the Night-Time Economy, by Oliver Smith (review). Hospitality and Society Journal. 5. (2-3). pp. 267-270
Wilkinson, S. (2015). Imagining Globalization. Language, Identities, and Boundaries Ho Hon Leung, Matthew Hendley, Robert W. Compton and Brian D. Haley (eds) (review). Progress in Human Geography. 39. (2). pp. 236-237
Wilkinson, S. (2013). In the Memory of the Map: A Cartographic Memoir, by Christopher Norment (Review). Cartographica: The International Journal for Geographic Information and Geovisualization. 48. (1). pp. 70-71
S. Wilkinson (2016). The ‘Dark Side’ of Young People’s Drinking: Shedding Light on Young People’s Alcohol Consumption Experiences. Social and Cultural Geography.
December 2016, Home Care Research Forum (King’s College, London). Title: ‘Broadening Our Understanding of Good Home Care (BOUGH) for People with Dementia’, co-delivered with Dr Lucy Perry-Young, University of Nottingham
Our paper argues that increasing longevity and incidence of dementia places great demands on formal and informal care. Paid care workers play a crucial role in supporting people with dementia to remain at home. Their duties are diverse, including; personal care, cleaning, companionship, and supporting community engagement. Despite the multi-skilled nature of the role, care work is considered to be low status and this is reflected in low pay. Recent media coverage has highlighted shortcomings in home care provision, including the brevity and ‘clipping’ of visits, poor employment terms and conditions, high staff turnover, lack of opportunity for training, and variable quality and regulation of services. Despite its social and economic importance in supporting people with dementia at home, the nature and experience of the care giving role has not been widely researched. The BOUGH study aims to determine what ‘good’ home care feels and looks like using a qualitative mixed methods approach. In this presentation we draw on data from the participant observation and diary elements of the study which highlight the ethical, emotional and physical challenges faced by care workers. We discuss preliminary findings relating to the themes of: skills, lifestyle impact, and rewards of caregiving.
Conference and Seminar Organisation
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
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
Sept 2012- Sept 2015: Economic and Social Research Council North West Doctoral Training College CASE (collaborative) Studentship +3 award [ES/J500094/1] £13, 950 per year = £41,850
Sept- 2012- Sept 2015: Alcohol Research UK Postgraduate Research Studentship [RS 12/02] £7,000 per year = £21,000. Required to write an annual progress report for continuation of funding
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)