Hilary Pilkington

Professor Hilary Pilkington is a Professor of Sociology at Manchester University (UK) and a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences. Her research focuses on youth and youth subculture, youth political participation, activism and extremism. Her methodological expertise is in ethnography and mixed method research design. Her recent empirical research has included ethnographic studies of youth activism in the anti-Islam(ist) English Defence League, and racist skinhead and punk subcultures in Russia. She is currently coordinating the EU-funded DARE (Dialogue about Radicalisation and Equality) project. In the past she has been a Coordinator or Principle Investigator on over a dozen large research grants involving multiple international partners. She has been Coordinator of three large EU-funded projects including the FP7 MYPLACE (Memory, Youth, Political Legacy and Civic Engagement) project which studied young people’s political engagement and activism in 14 countries of Europe. She has also been Principal Investigator on two (ESRC and Leverhulme Trust-funded)projects studying Islam and Muslim identities. Her former membership of university and faculty level Research Ethics and Governance boards in two universities make her sensitive to the importance of ensuring the highest level of ethical standards in conducting research.