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Research rising star - Sarah Mills
- The Geographies of Youth Citizenship
Sarah Mills joined the Department of Geography in 2012. Prior to this, she had spent a year at the University of Leicester as an ESRC Postdoctoral Fellow.
She completed her undergraduate degree and postgraduate studies at Aberystwyth University, achieving her ESRC-funded PhD – which examined the Scout Movement in Britain and the cultural and historical geographies of its youth citizenship project – in 2010.
Sarah’s post-doctoral research includes individual projects on various British youth movements and their philosophies and activities during the twentieth century, including the Woodcraft Folk (ESRC-funded) and Jewish Lads’ Brigade (RGS-IBG Small Grant).
As well as exploring ideas of youth citizenship, informal education, volunteering and religious identity, she has also collaborated on an AHRC/ESRC Connected Communities study – Connecting Youth with Geographic Communities and published the co-edited volume Informal Education, Childhood & Youth: Geographies, Histories, Practices with Palgrave Macmillan in 2014.
Sarah currently holds a prestigious ESRC Future Research Leaders award (2014-17) which supports the research project A rite of passage? National Citizen Service and the Geographies of Youth Citizenship that aims to examine the state’s motivations behind, the voluntary sector’s engagement with, and young people’s experiences of National Citizen Service in England.
Alongside her research and teaching activities, Sarah serves as the Secretary to the Royal Geographical Society’s Social and Cultural Geography Research Group (2012-5) and is a Committee Member of the Geographies of Children, Youth and Families Research Group having served as Treasurer for three years (2011-14).