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Special Interest Group

Youth Studies and Informal Education

The special interest of the SIG is in research and scholarship relating to theory, policy and practice issues in Youth Studies and Youth and Community Work.  These include: youth transitions and geographies; youth culture and debates about Youth Voice; Youth Justice; Youth Work as a practice ‘beyond school’ in Community and Neighbourhood contexts. The Special Interest Group aims to provide a forum for academics, practitioners and students with interest in research and scholarship in youth studies and Informal Education to engage in dialogue and debate and to contribute to knowledge transfer / exchange through publications, conferences and seminars. It further aims to strengthen discussion and make connections between BERA members, TAG (the Association of Lecturers in Youth and Community Work) and the BSA Youth Studies network as well as the secondary and post-compulsory education and informal education in adolescence and adult life sector.

SIG Convenors

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Frances Howard, Dr

Lecturer in Youth Studies at Nottingham Trent University

Dr Frances Howard is Course Leader for BA (hons) Youth Studies at Nottingham Trent University. She has previously worked in local authorities, arts education and youth work and continues to conduct research on young people, youth work, the...

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Ian McGimpsey, Dr

Lecturer in Education at University of Birmingham

Ian joined the University of Birmingham School of Education as a lecturer in 2013, immediately following the completion of his ESRC funded doctoral research at the Institute of Education, London. His undergraduate study was in youth and community...

Content associated with this SIG

SIG Forum Meeting -Youth Studies and Informal Education

5 Jul 2022 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Join the Youth Studies and Informal Education SIG annual meeting to network with colleagues, learn about the activities of the SIG over the last year and plans for 2022 This meeting will be...

Upcoming event

Ethnography – Embodiment and the digital world

Experimentation and playfulness in both method of data production and in write up – there are opportunities, and perhaps a necessity for creativity within methods given the inevitable...

Video14 Jun 2022

Co-production, co-design and co-authorship

Motivations and expectations for young people’s involvement: The group discussed some of the challenges of maintaining young people’s involvement and motivation throughout the...

Video18 May 2022