Dr Katie Ellis (BSc, MSc, PhD)Katie Ellis photo

Leverhulme Early Career Fellow
Lecturer in Child and Family Health and Wellbeing

Office located at:
The School of Nursing and Midwifery
Barber House
387 Glossop Road
Sheffield, S10 2HQ

T: 0114 222 2059
E: k.ellis@sheffield.ac.uk


I joined the School of Nursing and Midwifery as an Early Career Leverhulme Fellow in June 2017 having previously worked as a Research Associate on a number of multidisciplinary projects within the Centre for the Study of Childhood and Youth at the University of Sheffield.

Research Interests

My past research focuses on children living in adversity and champions young people as the experts of their own experiences. I have conducted research with children living in Youth Offending Institutions, Secure Children’s Homes, Special Education Provisions and also with children living at home with their parents. Through my work I aim to understand young people’s views and perceptions of the circumstances which influenced their particular pathways. I am interested in conceptions of vulnerability, responsibilisation and resilience and my past research considers these themes in terms of young people’s criminal pathways and sexual exploitation. While much of my past research focusses on the experiences of young people who have been ‘let down’ by a system which was supposed to be caring for them, my current fellowship research focusses on the experiences of a minority of young people who successfully transitioned from being ‘in care’ to attend university.

Current projects

Battling the Odds and Beating the System: Building Resilience in Care (Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellowship) - Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellowship
Young and homeless: Welfare Reforms in Practice (with Dr Danielle Leahy Laughlin) - British Academy Small Grant

Recent projects

  • ‘There are no good kids here: Girls’ Experiences of Secure Accommodation’ - ESRC Case Studentship PhD Project
  • ITACA Youth Gang Project (With Professor Jean Grugel and Danielle Leahy Laughlin) - Funded by the European Commission
  • Changing Families, Changing Food: Children as Familiy Participants (With Professor Allison James and Professor Penny Curtis) - Leverhulme Large Network Grant
  • Young People’s Pathways in and out of Crime (With Professor Derek Armstrong, Professor Alan France and Jean Hine) - ESRC Large Grant and Priority Network
  • Child Friendly Cities (With Helen Woolley) - Funded by UNICEF
  • Safer Schools Project (With Jean Hine) - Funded by the Home Office

Key publications

• Ellis, K (forthcoming) ‘Contested Vulnerability: A Case Study of Girls in Secure Care’. Children and Youth Service Review.
• Fairbrother, H. and Ellis, K. (2016) Children’s Everyday Food Practices. In Punch and Vanderbeck (eds) Families, Intergenerationality and Peer Group Relations. Palgrave.
• ‘Children's snacking, children's food: food moralities and family life’ By Curtis, James and Ellis (2010) Children's Geographies, Volume 8 (3), 291.
• Forero, O., Ellis, K., Metcalf, A., and Brown, R. (2009) ‘Institutional Dining Rooms: Food ideologies and the Making of a Person’ in ‘Changing Families, Changing Foods’. Edited by Peter Jackson, Palgrave MacMillan.
• James, A., Curtis, P., Ellis. (2009) ‘Negotiating Family, Negotiating Food’ in ‘Changing Families, Changing Foods’ Edited by Peter Jackson; Palgrave Macmillan.
• James, A., Curtis, P., Ellis, K. (2009) ‘Fathering Through Food: Children’s Perceptions of Fathers’ Contributions’ in ‘Children and Identity in Everyday Life’ Edited by James, A., Kjørholt, A., Tingstad, V. Palgrave Macmillan.
• Curtis, P., James, A., Ellis, K. ‘Intergenerational Relations within Families’ in ‘Children and Identity in Everyday Life’ (2009) Edited by James, A., Kjørholt, A., Tingstad, V. Palgrave Macmillan.