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Research Associate: Emma Taylor-Collins

Emma joined the Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtues in March 2014. Her research forms part of the Jubilee Centre’s pledge to Step Up To Serve, the charity coordinating the #iwill campaign to make participation in youth social action part of life for 10-20-year-olds by 2020. She is based full-time in Step Up To Serve’s offices in London.
During March 2014 to February 2015, Emma worked on the Building Character through Youth Social Action research project, which explored how youth social action providers conceptualise character and virtues, and the virtues they believe young people develop through participating in youth social action. She has also supported other elements of the Jubilee Centre’s pledge to Step Up To Serve, most notably in joining their Data and Quality Working Group, contributing to the Statement on Youth Social Action and Character Development, and leading the publication of the #iwill Ambassadors 2014 brochure. Emma is currently working on the Character, Service and Gratitude project, which will explore the character development of young people who make a habit of participating in social action.
Previously, Emma worked in research positions for youth charity Free The Children and think tank Credos.

Contact details

Telephone: +44 (0)7896 145 373



  • In progress: PhD in Department of Institute of Applied Social Studies on access to youth social action opportunities for young people experiencing disadvantage (started March 2015).
  • BA (Hons) History, University of Warwick


Taylor, E. (2016) ‘Thinking about the Virtues of Character Measurement’, Evidence and Impact Essay Collection: The Centre for Youth Impact, [Online].

Arthur, J., Harrison, T. and Taylor, E. (2015) Building Character Through Youth Social Action, Birmingham: Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtues, University of Birmingham. Available here.