Louise Doherty

Staff details

Louise Doherty


Programme Convenor and Lecturer, Community Studies


Social, Therapeutic and Community Studies


l.doherty (@gold.ac.uk)

Louise's research interests range from, impact and evaluation to commensality and youth and community work more broadly.

Louise has been teaching at Goldsmiths for over ten years and is a lecturer and programme convenor for the MA Applied Anthropology, Community and Youth Work/Community Development/Community Arts. Louise has an extensive background in youth and community work as a practitioner, artist educator and project manager spanning over twenty years. Louise is dedicated to the continued development of youth and community work practice and has recently been researching the youth impact agenda, focusing on the disconnect between the intrinsic value of youth work as a transformational practice and the incongruent ways in which it is often perceived, measured and evaluated.

Academic qualifications

  • MA, Applied Anthropology, Community and Youth Work
  • PG. Cert Teaching and Learning in Higher Education
  • JNC (professional youth work qualification)
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)
  • BA (Hons) Fine Art and Design

Teaching and supervision

Louise is the MA Convenor and oversees all pathways. Louise is a lecturer, dissertation supervisor and personal tutor on the MA.

Research interests

As well as current research into impact, evaluation and accountability in youth work, Louise is a visiting researcher at Kings College London and also has an interest in commensality, or practices of food sharing, in relation to youth and community work practice(s) as well as issues of social justice, in particular the undervaluing of types of community focused labour.

Publications and research outputs


de St Croix, Tania and Doherty, Louise. 2024. ‘Capturing the magic': grassroots perspectives on evaluating open youth work. Journal of Youth Studies, 27(4), pp. 486-502. ISSN 1367-6261

de St Croix, Tania and Doherty, Louise. 2023. ‘It’s a great place to find where you belong’: creating, curating and valuing place and space in open youth work. Children's Geographies, 21(6), pp. 1029-1043. ISSN 1473-3285

Doherty, Louise and de St Croix, Tania. 2021. There's a cupboard full of pasta! Beyond sustenance: reflections on youth work and commensality. Concept, 12(3), pp. 1-11. ISSN 1359-1983


Doherty, Louise and de St Croix, Tania. 2022. Valuing Youth Work – Research-informed practical resources for youth workers: Reflecting on the value and evaluation of youth work. Project Report. Centre for Public Policy Research, King’s College London, London.

de St Croix, Tania and Doherty, Louise. 2022. Valuing youth work – Seven-evidence based messages for decision makers on youth work and evaluation. Project Report. Centre for Public Policy Research, King’s College London, London.

Research projects

2018-2022: Rethinking Impact, Evaluation and Accountability in Youth Work
This qualitative research project investigated how impact tools and processes are experienced and enacted by young people and practitioners in youth work settings.