Sharon Chohan joined the IER in 2015 as a doctoral researcher, attached to the Pathways Project team: Precarious pathways to employment for young people? Unpaid, temporary and involuntary part-time work in transitions from education to employment. The project was a collaboration between the University of Warwick, Aston University, University of Leicester and Open University Business School. The aim of this project was to conduct detailed interdisciplinary research to address questions within the socio-economic contexts in which young people currently compete for employment. Sharon’s specific input to this project was the contribution of the Voluntary Sector in supporting vulnerable young people with employment opportunities. Her specific thesis title is: New Public Management and its impact on the Voluntary Sector: a case study of youth unemployment services in Coventry. Sharon was selected to present her preliminary findings at the NordWel International summer school which was held at the Finnish Institute of Rome in 2017.
Prior to joining the IER, Sharon completed a MA in Project Management and BA in Politics and Sociology at Warwick. She also has over a decade experience working for the local Voluntary Sector in the Midlands, in particular supporting family carers and securing substantial external funding for the fist ever dedicated youth space for Coventry Young Carers.