Dr Shivonne M. Gates is a mixed-methods social researcher, with over eight years’ experience conducting and managing research projects and evaluations. Her areas of expertise include youth studies, education policy, language and ethnicity, sociolinguistics and critical race theory. Prior to joining Youth Futures Foundation, Shivonne was a Senior Researcher in the Children and Families team at NatCen Social Research and a Doctoral Researcher in Linguistics at Queen Mary University of London.