Kyla Ellis


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Research Officer

Kyla joined IES as a Research Officer in July 2024 following twelve years as an academic in higher education. Kyla completed a PhD in Social Policy at the University of Brighton in 2012 before going on to teach sociology where she focused on inequalities and parenting  and covered areas such as work/life balance, the precariat and the impact of parenthood on work.

Kyla draws on her experience conducting social policy research with young parents where she has built a strong publication record. She specialises in qualitiative research and has utilised participant observation, focus groups, participatory research approaches and various interview techniques including narrative and life course interviewing.

Her main interests include equality and diversity issues, ‘education and the path to employment’, and ‘unemployment and welfare’.


2012 University of Brighton PhD, Social Policy
2008 University of Brighton PG Cert Research Methods
2007 University of Brighton BA Hons Social Policy


2011-2024 Sociology Lecturer and Researcher University of Brighton


Ellis-Sloan, K., 2022. Former Young Mothers’ Pathways through Higher Education: A chance to rethink the narrative. Educational Review, pp.1-19.

Ellis-Sloan, K., 2019. Teenage mothers in Later Life: Time for a second look. Journal of adolescence, 77, pp.98-107.

Ellis-Sloan, K. and Tamplin, A., 2019. Teenage Mothers and Social Isolation: The role of friendship as protection against relational exclusion. Social Policy and Society, 18(2), pp.203-218.

Ellis-Sloan, K., 2018. Personal Decisions, Responsible Mothering: Un-picking Key Decisions Made by Young Mothers. In, Re/Assembling the Pregnant and Parenting Teenager: Narratives from the field, Kamp, A and, McSharry, M (Eds) Peter Lang: Oxford

Ellis-Sloan, K., 2015. Practising Care in Teenage Mother Support Groups. Critical Social Policy, 35(4), pp.535-555.

Ellis-Sloan, K., 2014. Understanding Teenage Motherhood through Feminist Research: A reflection on the challenges. Athenea Digital. Revista de pensamiento e investigación social, 14(4), pp.129-152.

Ellis-Sloan, K., 2014. Teenage mothers, Stigma and their ‘Presentations of Self’. Sociological Research Online, 19(1), pp.16-28.