Dr Sandra Gulyurtlu is the Principal Researcher at The Young Foundation. She leads our pioneering research on social innovation and civic action, understanding inequality dynamics and how people across society are working to make change happen.
Prior to working at The Young Foundation, she was the Head of Research for the Office of the Children’s Commissioner (OCC) for England, where she led research into promoting and protecting children’s rights, including two national Inquiries into Child Sexual Abuse and Child Sexual Exploitation. She has also sat on advisory boards and working groups for other pivotal pieces of work, including Plan International UK’s research into ‘The State of Girl’s Rights in the UK’.
Previously Sandra worked for the voluntary sector and academia, mainly conducting research into rights, welfare, and, health and social care with a main focus on children and young people. This included developing evaluations looking at social care interventions in the UK, conducting research with male survivors of child sexual abuse in Scotland and exploring early childhood education for the EU funded network of excellence, RECWOWE (Reconciling Work and Welfare in Europe). Sandra has also taught on courses on child protection, health and social care, European social policy and social and political inquiry.
Sandra has a PhD. Social Policy and MSc. Childhood Studies from Edinburgh University and BSc. (Hons) Psychology and Physiology from the University of Reading.
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