A strong track record of research
The group has a strong track record of research and evaluation into issues affecting the lives of young people and youth services. Our work is focused on the application of knowledge and research to build evidence about the challenges facing young people today and about effective and creative approaches to working with them. We work with public sector, voluntary, faith-based and community-based organisations, national and local government departments and research bodies that have an interest in the lives of young people.
Members of the group also have links with the Philosophy of Education Society of Great Britain.
Notable areas of expertise include:
- Young people’s aspirations and transitions to adulthood
- NEET young people and social exclusion
- Young people and social capital
- Youth justice and citizenship
- Globalisation and global youth work
- Working with Black young people
- Youth work and youth policy
- Young people, disability and chronic illness (especially Sickle Cell Disease and Thalassemia)
- Evaluation of youth services and evidencing impact
- Participation, empowerment and young people.
Our work helps to:
- Improve our knowledge of young people, their social worlds, identities and experiences
- Better understand approaches to working with young people including what can be learnt from innovative and creative ways of addressing social problems
- Better reflect the voice of the participants in academic and policy arenas, including young people and practitioners.