I am a part-time Research Associate on the ESRC-funded Public Health, Youth and Violence Reduction research project, which is investigating violence reduction in Scotland and England. My particular focus for the project is violence reduction in London.
Alongside this, I am a youth and community worker in North East London, for Hackney Quest. My focus in that role is providing intensive support to young people (and their families) who are experiencing complex difficulties, especially in relation to the education system. I have also set up a number of youth-led community change initiatives, such as the Hackney Wick Through Young Eyes research project and Build Up Hackney, a project which gave a team of young people the power to transform a prominent public space.
Between 2016 and 2021, I co-founded and helped lead Reach Children's Hub, a charity based within Reach Academy Feltham which provides cradle-to-career support for local children, young people and families.
My central research interest is the lives of young people in contemporary Britain, focused especially on the ways that they are affected by social harms deriving from policies, systems and institutions - particularly within the education and criminal justice systems.
I am interested in the subjective experience of inequality, marginalisation and structural belittlement, which I have explored through the concept of "mattering".
I have broader interests in social and political theory, criminology, philosophy, and social psychology.
Billingham, L. & Irwin-Rogers, K. (2021) 'The terrifying abyss of insignificance: Marginalisation, mattering and violence between young people', Oñati Socio-Legal Series, 11(5), pp. 1222–1249
Billingham, L. (2016) ‘Investigating contingency in school history: an aid to rich, meaningfully critical citizenship?’ The Curriculum Journal, Volume 27, Issue 4, pp. 430 – 453
Billingham, L. & Irwin-Rogers, K. (2020) ‘Mattering and the violence in our cities’, in R. Atkinson (ed.) Urban Crisis, Urban Hope, London: Anthem Press
Billingham, L. (2020) ‘Reach Academy & Reach Children’s Hub: A school and charity partnership working together to provide community support and to enable community action’, in S. Chapleau (ed.) Schools in their Communities: Taking Action and Developing Civic Life, London: Big Education
Billingham, L. (2019) ‘More relationships, deeper change and fewer fads’, in L. Menzies (ed.) A Decade in the Making: Where Next for Young People in England?, London: Centre for Education & Youth
Billingham, L. (2018) ‘2018 & 2081: Where are we now and where are we headed?’, in H. Goulden (ed) Beyond Meritocracy, London: Young Foundation
Billingham, L. (2020) ‘Sports Cages & Multi-Use Games Areas: Places of safety, places of harm, places of potential’, Hackney Quest
Irwin-Rogers, K., Muthoo, A., & Billingham, L. (2020) ‘Youth Violence Commission Final Report’, Final Report of the Cross-Party Parliamentary Commission on Youth Violence
Billingham, L., Isaacs, J. & Oyeleye, R. (2018) ‘Hackney Wick Through Young Eyes’, Hackney Quest