Our peer research approach

What is peer research?

Peer research is research that is led and carried out by people with lived experience of the topic being studied.

When a young woman is interviewed by another young woman like her, she will feel comfortable speaking openly about her experiences without fear of being judged or misunderstood. Using this method we can learn more than we ever would in a traditional interview.

The government usually decide their policies based on official statistics that don’t give a breakdown for young women or other intersectional differences. With peer research, combined with data, we are building a unique evidence base on young women’s lives to call for the change that young women need to achieve economic justice.

In one of my first interviews, I spoke to a single mum who was caring for a young baby and other family members. At the end of our call she got a bit emotional and thanked me, saying that it was the first time she’d been able to talk freely to someone about how difficult things were.

Mattea, Research Centre Associate


6 young women Research Associates

The voices behind the statistics

Meet our Research Centre Associates. In a series of videos, they talk about the economic injustice young women face.

Watch the videos

Research Centre Associates

Our Research Centre Associates lead our peer research. They are a group of 8 women from diverse backgrounds, who as young women have all faced different forms of discrimination or economic injustice.

Our founding Research Centre Associates are Madiha Ahmed, Dionne Boateng, Kirsty Chan, Sophie Collerton, Iulia Dumitras, Louise Goodwin, Freya Pulham-Binch and Mattea Sykes.


Research Centre Associates take part in a programme of paid training, support and work experience to learn research skills. They use these skills to plan, carry out, analyse and present research. They also contribute to the Research Centre strategy, steering group and website pages.

Explore the Research Centre

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Our research

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

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Explore the data

There is limited official data available on young women. What we do have shows the economic inequality that young women face in the UK.