Young People’s Transitions: Dimensions, Difficulties and Diversity
University of Edinburgh, 21 April 2017
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
On April 21, 2017 the University of Edinburgh’s Childhood and Youth Studies Network and the Centre for Research on Families and Relationships held 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.
Keynote speakers for the event included:
- 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’;
- Nicola Ingram, Lecturer in Education and Social Justice, Lancaster University speaking on ‘The ‘lucky’ ones? The transitions of employed UK graduates in an age of precarity’;
- 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.
For more information on this Conference, please take a look at the following pages:
- Compendium of Conference Briefing Papers, a document summarising the work of all 8 PhD presentations that took place at the Conference.
- Conference Programme, which includes a link to the full Conference Programme
This Conference is free to delegates and presenters, made possible by funding from the University of Edinburgh School of Social and Political Science.