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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, Ms

Senior Lecturer - 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 arts...

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Ian McGimpsey, Dr

Associate Professor of Education at University of Birmingham

Ian McGimpsey is Associate Professor of Education in the Department of Education and Social Justice at the University of Birmingham. His work is concerned with inequality and social justice, and has a conceptual focus on assemblage and the...

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Mike Seal, Professor

Visiting professor in queer and critical pedagogy at Leeds Beckett University

Mike is the national officer of the Professional Association of Lecturers in Youth and Community Work and a visiting professor at Leeds Beckett and Newman University Birmingham. He was previously Professor of Education and Social Mobility at the...

Content associated with this SIG

BERA Conference 2023

12 September 2023 to 14 September 2023Aston University/ Conference Aston

Abstract Submission Deadline is 31 January 2023

Upcoming conference12 Sep 2023

BERA Conference 2023 – Call for Abstract Reviewers

6 Feb 2023 - 17 Feb 2023

Would you be willing to act as a reviewer for abstracts submitted to the BERA Annual Conference 2023? To be involved, you will need to: be a BERA Member be available to referee abstracts...

Upcoming event

Creative Methods – part II

The final session of our Researching Youth Seminar Series re-visits Creative Methods. As a growing field in youth research that takes a participatory approach, creative methods privileged other...

Video5 Jul 2022