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ESRC Future Research Leader Award

Posted on 23 October 2013

Grant of prestigious award to Charlotte O'Brien

 York Law School Lecturer, Dr Charlotte O’Brien, has been awarded an ESRC ‘Future Research Leaders’ grant, and her project commences in October 2013. Charlotte has received the grant for her proposed 2.5 year project, ‘Realising EU welfare rights: administrative gatekeeping and the accessibility of EU law’.

The ESRC Future Research Leaders scheme aims to ‘enable outstanding early-career social scientists’ to lead their own substantial projects, so as ‘to acquire the skills set to become the future world leaders in their field’.   

Charlotte’s socio-legal project will document the obstacles faced by welfare claimants moving to, or returning to the UK, from other EU Member States, as encountered by clients at Citizens Advice Bureaux in the Northern region. The project will involve developing a new methodological approach – advice led ethnography – challenging traditional approaches to researching EU law. The ESRC reviewers noted that Charlotte’s ‘background makes her possibly the only person of her generation in a position to credibly offer the opportunity to develop this methodology in this kind of context: access to civil justice, in supranational contexts’.

Charlotte will be based in York Law School, working with Ripon Citizens Advice Bureau, through the duration of the project and will be jointly mentored by Profesor Simon Halliday (YLS) and Professor Roy Sainsbury (Social Policy Research Unit). 

Please see  for more information and to follow the progress of the project.