Olu’s research explores the conditions and changing style of LGBTQ young people’s digitalised public cultural and political production.
It is based on participant led ethnographic research with LGBTQ youth. Olu has a longstanding research collaboration with the Brighton (UK) based Allsorts Youth Project which is a community organisation that supports and empowers young people under 26 who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans or unsure of their sexual orientation and/or gender identity.
Dr Olu Jenzen has worked with young people and staff at Allsorts on a range of research projects since 2011, ranging from the charity’s use of social media to do outreach work (Jenzen and Karl 2014), co-presenting papers with youth support workers, and co-authoring with young people as in the example of the case study produced for the Creative Citizens project. Most recently she has worked with young people at Allsorts to explore what they think of activism today and what their strategies are to cope and thrive both in their online and offline lives (Jenzen 2017).