Invitation to Participation in PhD Research: Youth as ‘Agents of Change’ in the pursuit of ‘Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment

Are you…

A young person aged between 14-18, of any gender? With an interest in ‘gender’, ‘gender equality’, ‘feminism’ or with ‘activism’?

If so…

You could be right for a PhD study about young people in the UK and Bangladesh and their thoughts and ideas around ‘Gender Equality’ and the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

What does it involve?

The research will be conducted over a 4-week period. The time and date for the following research activities will be subject to the availability of the participant.

Research activities include:

  • 2 individual interviews (per person). The interviews will concern themes around how they understand gender, opportunities or challenges to bringing about changes in gender relations, and their roles as young citizens.
  • Following interviews, participants will be asked to keep a brief daily dairy for a 2 week period, based on prompts of ‘3 stand out moments of the day’. This can be submitted via daily google forms that I will email.
  • (3) Optional: Participants will be asked to take photographs, draw images, or find images of people in the public eye based on several prompts, such as ‘a space where I feel like I can be myself’.

All research activities will be conducted online. You should have internet access and a computer or phone so that you can participate. If you do not have this equipment, but would still like to take part, please get in contact (information below) and we can discuss ways around this or a means of communication that is more appropriate, e.g. an audio call via mobile or Whatsapp. An adult – be that a teacher or guardian – is welcome to be in attendance during the interviews and to be included in all email correspondence.

What are the benefits of participating?

Your participation will contribute to my doctoral research, which aims to better understand the ways in which young people’s agency is talked about in the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals and broader Global Development narratives and how this relates to young people’s experiences and perceptions. The research findings will be made available to be shared with you too, should you be interested.

By partaking in this research, you will get an insight into how academic research is conducted. This can give you flavour of the independent research skills you would experience as a student at

Do I have to take part?

Participation in this research is fully voluntary. To agree you take part, you must return a signed copy of the Consent Form which you will receive upon contacting Keya Khandaker (contact information below). If you choose to take part in the study and return the signed Consent Form, you maintain the right to withdraw from the study at any time. You can also choose to have your data withdrawn up until 2 months following the research. During the interviews, you are welcome to skip any question you feel unable to answer. You should only share what you feel comfortable to share. You also should not feel forced into completing the diaries or photography/drawing activities, if you do
not want to do them.

This research has undergone ethical clearance from the University of Leeds and the researcher (Keya Khandaker) is DBS checked. It is necessary to provide a signed consent form (information on this is below), which includes the permission of the young person’s legal guardian if they are under the age of 18. There are no risks involved in this research, there is no requirement to provide any confidential or private information about yourself and you will be anonymised.

How do I take part?

If you are interested in participating in the study (or know someone who would be) and would like further information, please contact Keya Khandaker at for the Information Sheet and Consent Form.

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