Pilar is our new Communications and Advocacy Officer, having joined Involve in April 2022. The role involves providing support for Involve's main advocacy and communications projects, and for ensuring these activities are clearly communicated to external audiences. One of the key projects Pilar is currently supporting is the setting up and running of the UK Democracy Network.

Having previously worked as a Town Planner in Aberdeenshire and as an Employment Adviser in North London, Pilar has embraced the critical insights these roles have presented in terms of how different decision-making processes and approaches affect both individuals and communities across a wide range of everyday issues. In addition, she helped co-ordinate York International Women’s Week 2021, engaging with local communities and stakeholders to deliver inclusive, accessible, and locally led events exploring the effects of the Covid pandemic on women. These events attracted both wider national and international audiences as a result of moving to online platforms due to Covid.

Pilar has a BA in Geography from University College London, as well as a Masters in Land Economy from the University of Aberdeen and a Masters in Gender Studies: Intersectionality and Change from the University of Linkoping, Sweden. Her dissertations have involved exploring the lived experiences of Eastern European migrants to a town in the UK Midlands; evaluating the nature of inclusive access to the UK’s national parks; and exploring definitions and perceptions of the feminisation of the UK veterinary profession. Pilar continues to independently research and write around issues connected to gender, intersectionality, and the ways in which unspectacular forms of everyday resistance can impact societal and political change.