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Lizzie Crowley

Lizzie Crowley

Senior Researcher


Telephone: 020 7976 3616

Lizzie is leading The Work Foundation's work on youth unemployment for the Missing Million programme, a two year research programme looking at solutions to tackle youth unemployment. Her research interests include welfare reform, labour market exclusion, innovation and local growth.

Before joining The Work Foundation Lizzie worked as a senior consultant for Shared Intelligence, where she specialised in economic development, evaluation, employment and skills and labour market analysis. She has conducted academic research on welfare reform, labour market policy and the rise of Incapacity Benefit claimants.

Lizzie graduated in Sociology and has a master's degree in Social Science Research Methods, both from the University of Glasgow.

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Related Reports

The Geography of Youth Unemployment: A route map for change
In this report we investigate how young people’s employment prospects vary in different parts of the country, why tailored local approaches are necessary, and what the role of local partners should be in tackling youth unemployment. There is a distinctive geographic pattern to youth unemployment in the UK. For example, in cities such as Middlesbrough, Barnsley and Glasgow the youth unemployment rate is more than twice that of cities such as Southampton, York and Reading (above 25% in the former, and below 13% in the latter3).

Lizzie Crowley and Nye Cominetti
08 April 2014

London: A Tale of Two Cities
The youth unemployment rate in London stands at 25 per cent. But this rate masks sharp disparities across the city region. Whilst the inner East of the city still fares poorly, outer London boroughs are now registering some of the highest rates of youth unemployment in London. This mirrors wider changes in the distribution of unemployment, and of poverty and deprivation more generally.

Ceri Hughes and Lizzie Crowley
08 April 2014

Healthy Innovation - Collaboration between NHSScotland and the MedTech Sector

Lizzie Crowley, Nye Cominetti and Moira Decter, with Charles Levy
30 January 2014

Autumn Statement 2013: A submission from The Work Foundation
In its submission to the Chancellor ahead of the Autumn Statement, The Work Foundation presented its four-point plan on how to address the UK’s youth unemployment crisis by looking at apprenticeships, careers advice, transport barriers and developing innovative local approaches.

Ian Brinkley and Lizzie Crowley
29 November 2013

International Lessons: Youth unemployment in the global context
This report examines the UK’s youth unemployment problem in an international context, drawing lessons from Germany, Denmark, the Netherlands and Australia.

Lizzie Crowley, Katy Jones, Nye Cominetti and Jenny Gulliford
29 January 2013

Short-term crisis - long-term problem? Addressing the youth employment challenge
Over one million young people are out of work in the UK. This report illuminates the problem presented by the 264,000 young people in this country who have been unemployed for 12 months or more.

Neil Lee, Paul Sissons, Brhmie Balaram and Katy Jones
18 June 2012

Streets Ahead: What makes a city innovative?
This Cities 2020 report looks at the geography of innovation, what makes a city successful, and how policy makers can improve the innovative performance of their cities.

Lizzie Crowley
07 December 2011

Related Blogs

More than a job: Why the UK needs to take urgent action
A growing proportion of young people face a bleak future in today’s labour market. Youth unemployment was on the rise before the recession and will not be solved by the recovery alone.

Lizzie Crowley
07 November 2014

The Work Foundation at the Labour Party Fringe
Lizzie Crowley reflects on The Work Foundation's fringe event with Impetus - PEF ‘More than a job’ - creating career opportunities for young people ' which was held on Monday 22 September in Manchester.

Lizzie Crowley
25 September 2014

Youth Unemployment: Finding the recipe for success
There are almost a million young people not in education, work or training. Current crisis levels are in large part down to the recession and whilst we have seen welcome improvements in the labour market over the last few months they have had little impact on the youth labour market.

Lizzie Crowley
25 October 2013

The missing million
Lizzie Crowley, senior researcher at The Work Foundation, writes a blog for the Policy Network on Youth Unemployment which we have reproduced here.

Lizzie Crowley
10 September 2013

Whilst employment figures are improving, the youth unemployment situation worsens
Lizzie Crowley, senior researcher at The Work Foundation, looks at the data around youth unemployment and provides some context about what can be done to alleviate the persisting problem.

Lizzie Crowley
14 August 2013

City Skills Fund - A welcomed injection of cash, but is more local control over skills funding actually needed?
Yesterday the government announced a £4.5 million City Skills Fund to help England’s largest cities and colleges work together to boost the provision of skills needed by employers.

Lizzie Crowley
10 February 2012

Streets Ahead: What makes a city innovative?
Innovative cities can drive the economic recovery. Innovation – the successful commercialisation of new ideas – is the key driver of economic growth.

Lizzie Crowley
07 December 2011

One billion to tackle youth unemployment
As youth unemployment hits a record high the government today has announced a welcome package of support to help get young people into work or training. Over the next three years the Youth Contract aims to provide jobs and training for at least 410,000 18-24 year olds.

Lizzie Crowley
25 November 2011

Any rebirth for regeneration?
As the government comes under fire today for cuts in regeneration funding, it seems like a pertinent time to ask the question: ‘is there a future for area based regeneration’?

Lizzie Crowley
03 November 2011

Related News

National improvement to NEET rate but local challenges remain
With today's statistics on NEETs released by the ONS, Lizzie Crowley looks at the continuing challenges for young people in certain blackspots and outlines the consequences of being long-term NEET and the worsening prospects for those who do manage to move into work.

Lizzie Crowley
22 May 2014

Labour market has turned a corner but little impact on youth unemployment
Comment on the latest labour market statistics.

Lizzie Crowley
11 September 2013

Cities and regeneration
Lizzie Crowley, reseacher at The Work Foundation, discusses her work on the Cities 2020 programme.

Lizzie Crowley
06 March 2012