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‘The past we inherit, the future we build.’ Dr MARION ELLISON SENIOR LECTURER, PSYCHOLOGY AND SOCIOLOGY I am Dr Marion Ellison, Senior Lecturer in Sociology at Queen Margaret University. As the leader of a major European Employment Research Study in Scotland (INSPIRES) my aspiration is to make a difference to the lives of young people across Europe by anticipating the future challenges they face. I am currently co-ordinating the work of my European colleagues as we identify and closely evaluate innovative knowledge, technology and policy approaches that improve the resilience and active inclusion of labour markets for young people and other vulnerable groups across Europe. For more information about INSPIRES please visit the website: http://www.inspires-research.eu or contact me at mellison@qmu.ac.uk Throughout my research career I have been strongly motivated by an ambition to improve the lives of vulnerable groups in society. In contributing to and expanding knowledge in social policy, sociology and professional practice I have always been inspired by the belief that ‘The past we inherit, the future we build’. E R A T I N G O L B INSPIRES (Innovative Social and Employment Policies for Inclusive and Resilient Labour Markets in Europe project) is a partnership of 12 other leading European universities. Contributing to this work is of great personal significance. WOMEN RESEARCHERS INSPIRING RESEARCH CAREER JOURNEYS