Dr Suzy Solley

Research Officer Team: Research

Suzy is an ethnographer and works on a wide range of research projects, including ethnographic studies in Barcelona, London, Essex and Corby related to understanding and tackling poverty, inequality and social action. Suzy is also working on a major research project for the Co-op, exploring the concept, experience and measurement of community wellbeing across the UK.

Previous to The Young Foundation, Suzy was a research associate at the School of Geography at Queen Mary. Her postdoctoral research, in collaboration with Greenwich Leisure Limited and Tower Hamlets council, explored well-being and the barriers to participation in exercise within the borough. This research, like her other work, was centred on ethnographic, qualitative and participatory approaches and was motivated by social change.

Suzy holds a PhD in Human Geography from Queen Mary University of London. Her qualitative research on widowhood in Nepal sought to challenge representations of Nepali widows as old and poor victims, and widowhood as a marginalised and vulnerable status. She deployed an innovative conceptual and methodological approach to understand the well-being and agential capacity of widowed women. This research inspired by a desire to highlight the largely underexplored experiences of widowhood. In Nepal she has worked closely with local NGO’s exploring and developing ways to empower widowed women. She continues to have a strong interest in international development and specifically issues around well-being, empowerment and gender. Outside of work, Suzy volunteers for HostNation.