Alan Mackie (PhD student)

Thesis title: Young People, Youth Work and Social Justice: A Participatory Parity Perspective


Professional/teaching experience

Currently working as a Research Associate on the ENLIVEN project. Submitted my PhD and currently awaiting VIVA. I have worked in a variety of roles with young people in the areas of homelessness, employability as well as more generic youth work. Undergrad: BA (Hons) Community Education; MSc: Education Research Methods (with Distinction) and now PhD. Variety of teaching roles within the university including lecturing and tutoring. Lecturing in Youth Studies, Youth Work, Unemployment/Employability, Research Methods and Working with Groups. 


BA (Hons) Community Education

MSc Education Research Methods (with Distinction)

Responsibilities & affiliations

British Sociological Association (BSA) Postgraduate Forum Convenor

Child & Youth Studies Network Member (Edinburgh University)

Social Policy Association

International Sociological Association

Undergraduate teaching

    • Qualitative Research Methodology
    • Data Analysis
    • Research Ethics
    • Conducting Research Interviews
    • Youth Work
    • Youth Unemployment and Employability
    • Working With Groups

Postgraduate teaching

    • Youth Studies

Research summary

  • Youth
  • Youth Policy
  • Unemployment
  • Social Justice
  • Youth Work and Education
  • Youth Work

Research activity

ESRC Funded PhD

Current research interests

Research interests include the Sociology of Youth, Community Education, Social Justice, Social class, Inequality

Project activity

Currently working as Research Associate with the ENLIVEN Project

Current project grants

ESRC 1+3

Conference details

  • Academic Presentation: ‘Young People on the Margins’, Victoria Quay, Scottish Government, 16th October 2017 - Presentation to civil servants and policy makers for the Social Policy Association during Challenge Poverty Week
  • Conference Presentation: ‘Are You For Real? Examining Authenticity in Youth Work Practice’, Interweaving Conference, 6th September 2017, University of Edinburgh
  • Conference Presentation: ‘Young People, Social Justice and Nancy Fraser’ – Young People’s Transitions: Dimensions, Difficulties and Diversity, 21st April 2017, University of Edinburgh
  • Public Lecture and Discussion: ‘Social Justice and Youth – Stability Interrupted’, October 5th 2016, for the Children and Youth Studies Network, School of Social and Political Science, University of Edinburgh
  • Conference Presentation: ‘Life on the See-Saw: Young People, Nancy Fraser and Social Justice’, September 16th 2016, University of Leeds



      • Young People’s Transitions: Dimensions, Difficulties and Diversity
    • University of Edinburgh
    • 21st April 2017
    • This was a multi-disciplinary conference bringing together academics, practitioners and policy-makers


      • BSA Postgraduate Forum Pre-Conference Day: Personal Troubles, Collective Solutions
    • University of Manchester
    • 3rd April 2017
    • This was the pre-BSA conference day exclusively for post-graduate students.

Public Lecture:

      • Professor Nancy Fraser: Moray House Annual Public Lecture
    • 1st June 2016
    • I assisted with the running of our school’s annual public lecture and was Professor Fraser’s tour guide around Edinburgh for the day

Project Details

Project title: Young People, Youth Work and Social Justice: A Participatory Parity Perspective


Dr Jim Crowther, Dr Ian Fyfe