Research Centre

Our research highlights the real experiences of young women and the economic injustice they face. They are at the centre of our research, trained as peer researchers and telling young women's stories.

About the Research Centre

Our Research Centre was launched in 2021.

Our aim is to build a unique evidence base on young women’s lives to call for the change that young women need to achieve economic justice.

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Latest report

Just Getting By: Young Women’s Trust Annual Survey 2022 reports on the financial and employment experiences of young women and the impact these have on their lives.  

It paints a bleak picture for many young women, as they come out of the pandemic and into the cost of living crisis, with young mums experiencing particular disadvantage.

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The power of peer research

Peer research empowers people with lived experience to lead and conduct research.

In this video, we meet Peer Researchers Amy, Mehvash and Maria. They talk about how taking a peer research approach helps us learn more than we would in a traditional research interview.

Young Women’s Trust peer research video transcript

Peer research

We train young women as peer researchers who shape and conduct research with other young women to understand their experiences and the challenges they face. Our peer researchers are at the heart of all our research and are always paid fairly for their time.

As experts on their own experience, we believe that empowering them to conduct the research on issues that concern them is crucial to creating meaningful research which catalyses change.

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Collaborate with us

Our steering group advises on the development of the Research Centre. It includes young women peer researchers. It also has representation from The Women’s Budget Group, The Equality Trust, Agenda: the Alliance for Women & Girls at Risk, The University of Manchester and independent researchers.

If you are a researcher, or work for an organisation that would be interested in collaborating with our us, please contact researchcentre@youngwomenstrust.org

Explore the Research Centre

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Our research

Explore our library of research on the barriers that young women face.