Dr Scott Yates

Job: Senior Research Fellow & Head of Research for Youth, Community & Education

Faculty: Health and Life Sciences

School/department: School of Applied Social Sciences

Address: De Montfort, University, The Gateway, Leicester, LE1 9BH.

T: +44 (0)116 207 8703

E: syates@dmu.ac.uk

W: www.dmu.ac.uk/hls


Personal profile

Scott's research interests span psychology, disability, health and illness, youth studies and social policy. His recent research has covered topics such as discourse analysis and studies of subjectivity; young people’s identities, aspirations and transitions to adulthood; social policy and youth services; disability and social policy; and the challenges faced by children and young people in hospitals.

Scott has published a range of book chapters, journal articles and official reports on these topics.

Having a broad experience of applied research, and having worked on projects funded by central and local government, health services, national and regional charities, and been engaged as an external consultant. Scott has used (and taught the use of) a variety of research methods, both quantitative and qualitative.

Research group affiliations

  • Young People Research Group
  • Psychology Research Group 
  • Thalassaemia and Sickle Cell Research Unit.

Key research outputs

Flemming, J., Ward, D. and Yates, S. (2010) How to use a consortium working approach. London: Participation Works

Payne, M., Yates, S. and Sallah, A. (2009) Skills development and occupational aspirations within E8 migrant groups in Leicester and Leicestershire. Coventry: Learning and Skills Council

Hoggarth, E., Anthony, D., Canton, R., Cartwright, I., Comfort, H., Payne, P., Shafiullah, M., Wood, J. and Yates, S. (2009) Evaluation of the Crash Course: Report to Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service, De Montfort University, Leicester

Yates, S. (2008) Youth's career aspirations and socio-economic outcomes in adulthood. Discussion paper published on The Wider Benefits of Learning website: http://www.learningbenefits.net/Publications/DiscussionPaperIntros/Youthcareerintro.htm

Yates, S. (2007) The Formation of Youth Identities, in M. Payne, D.I. Smith & B. Merton, Young People in Transitions: A review of recent research. Briefing paper commissioned by the Department for Education and Skills.

Research interests/expertise

  • Young people and transitions to work
  • Youth services and social policy
  • Psychosocial studies of health and illness (with an emphasis on young people with chronic conditions)
  • Disability studies
  • Identity and subjectivity
  • Power, institutions and social relationships
  • Theory and applications of discourse analysis.

Areas of teaching

  • Youth studies, youth work and social policy
  • Youth identities and the “youth” phase of the life-course
  • Social psychology and sociology
  • Research methods
  • Health studies and health research strategies
  • Disability studies
  • Discourse analysis
  • Conceptual and philosophical issues for social psychology
  • Post-structuralism and phenomenology
  • Epistemology and the philosophy of science
  • History of social psychology.


BSc (Hons) 1st class, Psychology (with marketing)
PhD, Psychology.

Courses taught

Currently leading:

  • Research Dilemmas And Strategies (MA/MRes/DHSci)
  • Social Exclusion and Disaffection (MA)
  • The Dissertation Module for Youth and Community Development; Criminology and Criminal Justice; Parenting; Social Work (MA)


  • Conceptual Issues and Critical Debates in Psychology, (BSc)
  • Practice Related Research (BA).

Conference attendance

Yates S (2007a) Youth identities. Symposium paper presented to Work with Young People: Advancing Theory, Policy and Practice, Leicester, June 2007.

Yates S, Sabates R, Staff J & Harris A (2009) Socio-economic status, young people’s aspirations, and the transition to work. Paper presented to Centre for Research in Social Policy 25th Anniversary Conference, Loughborough, January 2009.

Yates S  (2010a) Psychosocial issues and transition for young people with SCD & thalassaemia. Paper presented to Organisation for Sickle Cell Research and Thalassaemia Support Conference, Sandwell, July 2010.

Yates S & Roulstone A (2010) Individualisation and ableism in transitions to work: The case of disabled young people and vocational training in England. Paper presented to Critical Disability Studies Conference, Manchester, May 2010.

Yates S (2010b) Sickle Cell Disease and young people in transition. Paper presented to Sickle Cell Disease: The Next 100 Years, Leicester, April 2010.

Yates S (2010c) The challenges for children and young people in hospitals and the case for youth work. Keynote address to 1st Annual Hospital Youth Work Conference, London, February 2010.

Yates S (2011) Young people with thalassaemia and transitions to adulthood. Paper presented to 12th International Conference on Thalassaemia and the Hemoglobinopathies, Antalya, Turkey, May 2011.

Consultancy work

Youth-oriented services and social policy; health, illness and young people; learning disabilities; young people and identity; young people, aspirations and transitions to work.

Previous consultancy: External consultant, Princeton University/Institute of Employment/Pennsylvania State University research project on “careers aspirations and educational expectations.” Funded by The Jacobs Foundation. February - March 2008

Consulted by policy advisor to Prime Minister Naoto Kan of Japan on youth services and social policy in the UK. March 2010.

Current research students

  • Sarah Thomson, research PhD (2nd supervisor): Reasonable Adjustments, Professional Placements and Disabled Students in Universities.
  • Bola Ola, research PhD (2nd supervisor): The experiences of young people with sickle cell disease in Nigeria.
  • Charnelle Longe, research PhD (2nd supervisor): English literature and the education of adolescents.
  • Chris Knifton, DHSci thesis (2nd supervisor): A Foucauldian analysis of dementia education in nursing.
  • Jackie Martin, research PhD (2nd supervisor): Participatory research with adults with Aspergers.

Externally funded research grants information

Self-efficacy and self-care for young people with chronic kidney disease - NHS Kidney Care - July 2012 - Present. PI Iain Williamson

Evaluation of Vinspired youth volunteering project - Team V - January 2012 - Present. PI Thilo Boeck

Think Family/Whole Family: working with children of people with mental illness¬ – HIEC - September 2011-present. CI. Nigel Goodrich, Lina Gatsou (Leicestershire Partnership Trust).

The impact of creative work with young people in the East Midlands - The Mighty Creatives - September 2011-present. CI. Mary Tyler, Sarah Hargreaves, Raksha Pandya.

Evolution of the Impact of Community Development Workers - National Mental Health Development Unit - October 2010 – March 2011. CI. Jason Wood, Peter Norrie, James Dooher.

Skills development and occupational aspirations within E8 migrant groups in Leicestershire – Learning and Skills Council/Leicestershire County Council – June-September 2009. CI. Malcolm Payne, Abdouille Sallah.

Participation Works Evaluation – Participation Works Consortium - October 2008 - March 2010. CI. Jenny Fleming, Thilo Boeck, Isabelle Cartwright, David Ward, Steve MacKenzie.

Staffordshire Fire Service “Crash Course evaluation – Staffordshire Fire Service – September 2008 - June 2009. CI. Liz Hoggarth, Hilary Comfort, Jason Wood, Isabelle Cartwright.

Evaluation of Leicestershire Children’s Centres, October 2007 - February 2008. CI. Elizabeth Barner, Malcolm Payne.

DfES policy review for 10 year youth strategy – DfES – February - March 2007. CI. Malcolm Payne, Doug Smith, YCD.

Birmingham Children’s Fund Evaluation Service – Birmingham Children’s Fund – April 2006 - March 2008. CI. Liz Hoggarth, Hilary Comfort.

Internally funded research project information

Inquiry into youth work and the Integrated Youth Offer – YCD internal funding – October 2008 – October 2010. CI. Bernard Davies, Bryan Merton, YCD.

Professional esteem indicators

  • Reviewer, Journal of Youth Studies
  • Reviewer, Ethnicity and Health
  • Reviewer, Developmental Psychology
  • Reviewer, Sociological Research Online
  • Reviewer, Qualitative Health Research
  • Reviewer, NIHR Programme Grants For Applied Research
  • External examiner, PhD - University of Exeter.

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