The Childhood and Youth Studies Network was started by a group of University of Edinburgh postgraduates in the spring of 2015. The goal of the network is to connect people from across the University who have a shared interest in doing research related to children and young people’s lives, but who may not otherwise find out about each other’s work. We especially want to make connections between Schools, to create a community of diverse researchers who can support and challenge each other. Network members range from those in social policy and education, to those in clinical psychology and sociology.

The network is informal and friendly, and we encourage anyone who’s interested to come along to our monthly meetings! These meetings are open to everyone (roundtables, work in progress sessions, speakers, etc) generally at the end of each month. These structured meetings may cover common areas of interest in the research process (e.g. ethical considerations) and about theories and concepts commonly present in our diverse disciplines.

This blog is not only a space for reflections on the network’s events but also for network members to submit their works in progress, theoretical reflections, initial findings, or musings on current issues in their discipline that they believe would be relevant to some or all of the other members. We can also cross-post writing that you may have done for other outlets. Please contact us if  you have an idea for a post.

All of the information about meeting times and topics are provided via the network’s jiscmail listserv, so we encourage all those interested in attending those sessions to sign up there. Jiscmail is also a space for group members to post articles of interest or upcoming events that may be of interest for network members.