Zoë Wilkins

Programme Officer Team: Places and Communities

Zoë is a Programme Officer at the Young Foundation. She is interested in understanding the social fabric that binds communities together, and how to strengthen it through local community-level action. She currently works on Communities Driving Change, Amplify Barking and Dagenham, and Amplify Youth – each of which takes a unique approach to community research, resident-led action, and feeding that work back in to the larger systems so they can shift to more meaningfully support the communities they impact.

Zoë initially joined the Young Foundation as an intern in the Communities and Research teams during the Summer of 2019. Before joining the Young Foundation, Zoë was a McBurney Fellow at McGill University’s Institute for Health and Social Policy. In this role, she worked at a refuge for migrants at Mexico’s southern border, where she focused on legal advocacy work with incoming migrants, and community building with the long term residents at the shelter. She has also worked as a community researcher with the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute on the evaluation of a climate change mitigation program in rural Panama, and has held several positions focusing on research and policy evaluation with the department of Political Science at McGill University, the Canadian Council for Refugees, the Canadian Centre for the Responsibility to Protect, and the Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies.

Zoë holds a B.A. (Hons) in Political Science and Philosophy with a minor in Fieldwork from McGill University. Her studies were heavily informed by the work she was doing with refugee communities in Montreal and abroad, focusing on migration, transitional justice, the role of the state, and the intersection of these issues with the climate crisis.