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Dr Ilona Buchroth

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Senior Lecturer in Community and Youth Work

I joined the University of Sunderland in 2002.

Prior to this I have worked as a community education officer for a local authority, community development worker, adult education tutor, youth worker and secondary school teacher.

I still have a close relationship to professional practice by maintaining an active involvement in the voluntary sector.

Teaching and supervision

  • Critical Pedagogy
  • Informal Education
  • Organisational Management

Research interests for potential research students

  • Youth/Communty work in voluntary sector organisations/neo-liberal contexts
  • Gender/social class
  • Community development
  • Volunteering


As an extension of my teaching in critical pedagogy, I am interested in 'everyday' democracy or 'civil courage' i.e. the way we can engage in critical dialogue and interventions, especially when we witness incidents of discrimination and oppression in the public sphere.

My research into the impact of neo-liberalism and austerity on local communities is currently focused on the demise of public spaces and the decreasing opportunities for collective community action.


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Book Section

Buchroth, Ilona and Hetherington, L (2018) Neoliberalism and the Undermining of Democracy. In: Austerity - Bad Ideas in Practice. Palgrave MacMillan, London. ISBN 9783319791197

Buchroth, Ilona and Connolly, Dan (2018) Dichotomous Voluntary Futures. In: Youth Work - Global Futures. Sense.

Buchroth, Ilona and Husband, M (2015) Youth Work in the Voluntary Sector. In: Youth Work - Histories, Policy and Contexts. Palgrave MacMillan, London. ISBN 9781137434395

Buchroth, Ilona (2011) Managing in the Voluntary Sector: The Particular Challenges of Managerialism. In: Critical Issues in Youth Work Management. Routledge, London. ISBN 9780415594349

This list was generated on Wed Aug 5 04:51:53 2020 BST.
  • Voluntary sector management
  • Volunteering
  • Neo-liberalism / local communities
  • Critical pedagogy

Last updated 30 October 2019

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