Emma Davidson

Emma is a Leverhulme Early Career Research Fellow within Sociology, at School of Social and Political Sciences. Emma has over 10 years’ experience of working as a social researcher, within a wide range of publicly-funded studies. Her broad research interests include youth transitions; youth work; public libraries and other ‘third spaces’; literacy in the early years; families and relationships; community studies and civil society. Methodological interests are focused on qualitative research, specifically participatory research and collaborative ethnography, computerised qualitative data analysis and use of secondary qualitative data.

Her ongoing Leverhulme research, ‘A new page? Libraries, austerity and the shifting boundaries of civil society‘, is funded by the Leverhulme Trust. Working with libraries, and the neighbourhoods in which they are based, the project is exploring the everyday social worlds of public libraries and the challenges they face under austerity. This work relates to Emma’s broader interests in community, identity and civil society.

Her recent publications include Big data, qualitative style: a breadth-and-depth method for working with large amounts of secondary qualitative data; Saying It Like It Is? Power, Participation and Research Involving Young People (http://dx.doi.org/10.17645/si.v5i3.967) and ‘How are you?: Young care leavers’ narratives of support’ in The Marginalisation of Young People in the UK.

You can email Emma at: e.c.davidson@ed.ac.uk

For further information and a full list of publications, please see:  http://www.sps.ed.ac.uk/staff/sociology/emma_davidson



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