Conference: Young People’s Transitions: Dimensions, Difficulties and Diversity Multi-Disciplinary  

  • Multi-Disciplinary Conference at the University of Edinburgh, 21 April 2017 

*NOTICE: THE CONFERENCE IS FULLY BOOKED – WE ARE KEEPING A WAITING LIST AS THERE MAY BE CALL-OFFS AS THE DAY APPROACHES, SO PLEASE DO REGISTER IF KEEN TO ATTEND AND WE MAY BE ABLE TO ACCOMMODATE YOU – APOLOGIES FOR ANY INCONVENIENCE*

A one-day conference for youth researchers, policymakers and practitioners sponsored by the University of Edinburgh School of Social and Political Science and the Centre for Research on Families and Relationships

conference-posterOn April 21, 2017 the University of Edinburgh’s Childhood and Youth Studies Network and the Centre for Research on Families and Relationships will be holding a free, one-day conference for youth researchers, policymakers and practitioners. Young People’s Transitions: Dimensions, Difficulties and Diversity seeks to explore, illuminate and interrogate the complexity of young people’s lives today and ask questions relating to the myriad factors that shape the youth phase.

Studies of young people making life transitions across the youth period (age 10 to 24) give us a deeper and more nuanced understanding of how different aspects of young people’s lives interpenetrate – in employment, health, family, peer relationships, media, housing, culture, poverty, disadvantage and more. This area of research is nothing if not multidimensional and multidisciplinary, so we seek presenters and participants that encompass diverse viewpoints from the academic, policy and practice communities that engage with young people. Conference presentations will be given by PhD or early-career researchers from a variety of disciplines.

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Keynote speakers for the event include:

Dr. Nicola Ingram, Lecturer in Education and Social Justice, Department of Educational Research at Lancaster University – speaking on ‘The ‘lucky’ ones? The transitions of employed UK graduates in an age of precarity‘;

Divya Jindal-Snape, Professor of Education, Inclusion and Life Transitions, University of Dundee speaking on, ‘Multiple and multi-dimensional transitions of young people with additional support needs’;

Naomi Eisenstadt CB, Independent Advisor on Poverty & Inequality to the Scottish Government and Senior Research Fellow at University of Oxford, speaking on ‘Life chances of young people — policy questions’.

The conference themes are:

Inequality and Its Impacts  How does inequality manifest itself in the multiple transitions of young people, and what are the impacts?

  • This stream will showcase research that deals with the issue of inequality (whether social, economic, physical, mental, spatial, racial, gender and sexuality) and the differing ways it impacts young people as they age

Who or What is in Control – How do the structural determinants of society interact with the agency of young people as they make transitions in this life stage?

  • This stream will showcase research that engages with the structural determinants of society (i.e. class, race, gender, education, locality, disability, the state) and young people’s agency, including the extent to which young people feel they have control and choice in making ‘successful’ transitions.

The Conference Programme is:

9.30am
Arrival and coffee / tea

10.00am
Welcome to the Conference

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10.10am
Keynote Speaker: Dr Nicola Ingram, Lancaster University
‘The “lucky” ones? The transitions of employed UK graduates in an age of precarity’

10.40am
Comfort break

10.50am
PhD and Early Career Researcher presentations
Stream 1: Inequality and its Impacts

  • ‘Understanding Social Disengagement in the Digital Age: ‘Hidden Youth’ in Hong Kong and Scotland’, (Mark Wong, University of Edinburgh)
  • ‘Working Class Kids and School Qualifications: An investigation of Scottish Education using Longitudinal and Administrative Social Science Data’ (Chris Playford, University of Edinburgh)
 Stream 2: Who, or What, is In Control?
  • ‘Raising the Participation Age and educational engagement – choice or coercion?’ (David Dobraszczyk, University of Kent)
  • ‘Childhood, Livelihoods and Everyday Choices: An ethnography of the lived experiences of the ‘Global Schooling Project’ in Nepal’ (Katherine Baxter, University of Edinburgh)
 11.50am
Lunch (please bring your own or you can purchase lunch locally)

1.00pm
PhD and Early Career Researcher presentations
Stream 1: Inequality and its Impacts

  • ‘You Can Spot Them a Mile Off’ – Sluts, Shame and Social Class (Helen Williams, University of Leeds)
  • ‘Gender and Socioeconomic Inequality in Scottish Adolescents’ Health: An international perspective’  (Ross Whitehead, University of St. Andrews)

Stream 2: Who, or What, is In Control?

  • ‘Capability to succeed: who or what is instrumental in supporting young people to make positive post-school choices’ (Laurie Anne Campbell, Glasgow Caledonian University)
  • ‘Using pragmatic rationalism to explore young people’s higher education decision-making’ (Sarah Minty, University of Edinburgh)
 2.00pm
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2.15pm
Keynote SpeakerNaomi Eisenstadt, Independent Advisor on Poverty and Inequality: Scottish Government and Senior Research Fellow, University of Oxford
‘Life chances of young people: policy questions’                                            

2.35pm
Keynote Speaker: Professor Divya Jindal-Snape, University of Dundee
‘Multiple and multi-dimensional transitions of young people with additional support needs’           

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Listening Session

3.45pm
Conference Closes

  • Selected posters will be displayed in the foyer of the Chrystal Macmillan Building throughout the day of the conference from the following conference participants:
    • Dilrabo Jonbekova, Nazarbayev University Kazakhstan
    • Natalie Glynn, Trinity College Dublin
    • Sarah Weakley, University of Edinburgh
    • Duncan Fisher, Teesside University
    • Emma Thorpe, Coventry University

 

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Note (01st Feb): We originally had Professor Andy Furlong lined up as one of our keynotes. We were deeply saddened to hear of his passing. As someone who has long been at the forefront of Youth research his loss will be deeply felt. Our thoughts are obviously with his family and friends at this desperately sad time.

This Conference is free to delegates and presenters, made possible by funding from the University of Edinburgh School of Social and Political Science.



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1 reply

  1. This looks brilliant but damn i missed such a great opportunity to be a part of this. Anything lined up similar to ‘youth in transition’ topic?

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