Charlie joined the university in October 2019 to coordinate the interdisciplinary project Understanding Criminogenic Influences on Youth Crime.

Before working at Loughborough Charlie worked at the University of Leicester as a Research Associate in the School of Media Communication & Sociology and the School of Business. She was previously employed at Leicester as a Graduate Teaching Assistant to deliver sociology, education, criminology and research methods seminars. She also delivered guest lectures on old age and inequalities in education.

Before working in academia, Charlie was a social science lecturer in an FE College, teaching Access to Higher Education courses and A-levels. She also worked as a Casework Manager for a Member of Parliament during this time.

Charlie’s research interests centre around issues affecting people’s lives at different ages. She takes an interdisciplinary and mixed methods approach to research.

In her current role, on the Understanding Criminogenic Influences on Youth Crime project, she is working with an interdisciplinary team: Stephen Case, Mark Monahan, Joanne Greenhalgh and Judy Wright. This project uses a Realist Synthesis approach to review research, and other literature on youth crime, with a focus on context, mechanisms and outcomes.

Charlie previously worked as a Research Associate on the Cancer Research UK Adolescent Vaping project, with an interdisciplinary team led by Jason Hughes. This project used a combination of interviews and smartphone messages, over a 6-12-month period, to understand young people’s experiences of smoking and e-cigarette use.

She also worked as a Research Associate on the British Academy Bogus Self-Employment project, with Marti Lopez-Andreu, where she used Understanding Society survey data, alongside focus group discussions, to analyse changes in self-employment in the UK. This analysis highlighted differences in the age profile of the self-employed and indicated that some industries seemed to be more effected by bogus self-employment than others. This research revealed the challenges and the benefits of being self-employed at different stages in the life-course.

Charlie has also worked as a Research Assistant. She produced a scoping review of literature, focusing on links between social media use and mental health issues, for an Adolescent Mental Health project. She also produced a systematic literature review, for QAA, concerning Access to HE Students’ Labour Market Experiences, on behalf of a team of academics from the University of Leicester, University of Southampton and the University of East London.

Her PhD followed a life-course theme considering If Age Matters in Higher Education. Charlie examined the views and experiences of different-aged undergraduate students who enrolled in 2015 at an English university. She examined enrolment data, conducted yearly surveys and regularly interviewed students to consider how their adaptation, motivation and barriers changed during the three years of their degree. Follow-up research is still ongoing with the interview participants to understand how they adapted to the labour market since completing their studies. Charlie also analysed large-scale secondary data and conducted interviews for her MSc research: What is Old? Changing perceptions of Aging

  • Sutton. C. E, (2019) Mature Students and Social Isolation: Feeling Excluded or Choosing to be Alone? in Boeren. E & James. N (eds) 'Being an Adult Learner in Austere Times’ London Palgrave. DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-97208-4