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Laura Fenton


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I am a sociologist of youth, lifecourse and generation. I am especially interested in how young people’s transitions into adulthood act as a litmus test for the state of societies – the nature and extent of (in)equality, social (in)justice, the quality of life they offer - and how this changes over time. I work with others to develop creative, non-extractive ways of generating and communicating insights about people’s lives and transitions, with a particular passion for biographical and life history methods and forms of story-telling.

I completed a PhD in Sociology in 2018 on British women’s changing relationships to alcohol. Since then, I have worked on projects on youth, generation and the life-course, including Girlhood and Later Life and Austerity and Altered Life-Courses at the University of Manchester, and Youth Drinking in Decline at the University of Sheffield. 


Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, Practices of Learning, Earning and Intimacy in Women's Drinking Biographies , University of Manchester (UOM)

Award Date: 10 Jul 2018

External positions

Co-Convenor, Alcohol Study Group, British Sociological Association

1 Sept 20161 Sept 2019

Areas of expertise

  • HM Sociology
  • Youth
  • Lifecourse
  • Generation
  • Gender
  • Creative Methods


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