Dr Lyvinia Elleschild

Dr Lyvinia Elleschild

Lecturer in Sociology (Education)

School of Law, Criminology and Government (Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Business)


Sociology Lecturer (0.5)


1988: University of Plymouth: BA (hons) Social Policy and Administration (First Class).

1988: University of Plymouth: Diploma in Community Work.

1994: University of Bradford: MA Women’s Studies (Applied).

2004: University of Plymouth: PhD (ESRC award no. R0042929834396).

Thesis title: ‘Missing Youth’: A Discourse Analysis of Policy Formulation on ‘Child Prostitution’.

2014: Broadreach Training, Advanced Practitioner in Substance Misuse.

2015: Broadreach Training, (CPCAB) Level 3 Counselling Studies.

2017: Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

2018: University of Plymouth Post Graduate Certificate in Academic Practice (Distinction).

 Professional Employment

1989-1990: Associate Lecturer (Social Policy/ Sociology), Dept. of Social Studies, Leeds Polytechnic. Teaching: housing and planning policy, youth policy, community work, sociology for CQSW.

1990-1992: Lecturer (Social Policy/ Sociology), Faculty of Cultural and Education Studies, Leeds Metropolitan University. Teaching: housing and planning policy, youth policy, community work, sociology for CQSW, MA Feminist Studies. Course Management Team member and course development for: BA (hons) Consumer Services Management (Housing Policy) and Dip. HE Youth and Community Work.

1992-1998: Senior Lecturer (Social Policy/ Sociology), School of Applied Social Studies, Leeds Metropolitan University. Responsibilities: Social policy, sociology, youth policy, gender and social policy, sexuality studies, feminist studies, social identities, youth and community work.  Course Management: BA(hons) Social Policy and Administration; Dip HE Youth and Community Work. Course Development: BSc Sociology.

1998: Peer Education Co-ordinator, Harbour Drugs and Alcohol Advisory Service, Plymouth.

1998-1999: Doctoral Researcher (ESRC funded: Selling Sex: Young Women, Identity and Social Exclusion), Department of Sociology and Social Policy, University of Leeds.

1999- 2004: Doctoral Researcher (ESRC funded), School of Sociology, Politics and Law, University of Plymouth.

 2001-2015: Associate Lecturer, Sociology, University of Plymouth.

2016 onwards, Lecturer, Sociology (0.5).

Teaching interests

At present I am module lead for Culture, Structure and Experience, Gender and Society, Gender: A Social Science Critique and contribute various sociology lectures. 

Research interests

Maker Memories Research Co-ordinator: Maker Memories is a community-led project designed to capture the diverse histories and socio-cultural value of Maker Heights. The project is led by Maker with Rame CIC, supported by The Box and working in collaboration with Sociology and Media Arts at the University of Plymouth.

Other research

Conference Papers:


British Sociological Association Annual Conference 1994: Bad Girls and Excessive Women: The Social Construction of ‘Promiscuity’.


Semmelweis University of Medicine, ‘Civilization, Sexuality and Social Life in Historical Context’ Conference’, Budapest 1995. Chapter published in Civilization, Sexuality and Social Life in Historical Context’.


Centre for the Study of Environmental Change ‘Politics of Cultural Change’ Conference, Lancaster University 1994:‘Persons in Hiding, Persons Unknown’.


British Sociological Association Annual Conference 1997: Beyond the Bounds of Decency: Power Relations in Intimate Inter-generational Partnerships.


British Sociological Association Youth Study Group Conference 2001: The Negation of ‘Youth’ in Contemporary Policy Formulation on ‘Child Prostitution’.


Presentation for Rame Conservation Trust /Historic England Public Event, June 16th2017: Maker Memories: A Social History of Community, Belonging and Affect.


The British Sociological Association Annual Conference April 10th2018: “This Land is Rightfully Ours”: Documenting Intergenerational Narratives of Community, Struggle, Belonging and Affect.


University of Plymouth ‘Celebrating and Developing Community Engagement’ January 22nd2018 (Poster Presentation) Undertaking Effective Community Engagement Through Community-Led Research: The Maker Memories Project.


Methodological Innovations Annual Conference, University of Plymouth,  26thJune 2018  Documenting the Sociality of Place: Transforming Personal Memories into Public Display through Visual Oral History Methods.

University of Plymouth, Annual Vice-Chancellor’s Teaching and Learning Conference, June 2018,  Mike Sheaff, Julie Parsons, Alison Anderson, Lyvinia Elleschild, Jonathan Clark Sociology Beyond the Campus: enhancing students’ skills and confidence through connection research, teaching and learning

Williams K, Cain M, Birch P & Letherby G 2013 'Introduction: Sex for sale' 19-26 , DOI

Other academic activities


Research Co-ordinator for Maker with Rame CIC, including Maker Memories Community Led Research Project /Exhibition/Book: project supported by The Box (formerly Plymouth Museum) 2016 – 2018.


Maker Memories 'Live at the Barracks': Co-ordinator and promoter of music heritage community research collaborating with film students, musicians and music producers in an innovative approach to oral history and story-telling.


Project adviser for BA (hons) Media Arts Events module co-ordinated by Fotonow CIC (Journey to Rural Nostalgia) including content guidance and BBC local radio talk with students.

Executive Producer: Our Growing Silence - short documentary on music venue closure, hosted by the Music Venue Trust (Film Maker/Director: Billy Abbott) 2019.

Briefing Paper, March 2019: Valuing, Promoting and Sustaining Live Music in Plymouth and Surrounding Areas.

Co-Curator: Maker Memories On Tour Exhibition (2018 onwards).