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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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Mike Seal, Professor

Professor in youth and community education, professor in critical pedagogy and national officer at St. Marys University

I have three part-time roles: Director of the Centre for Research into the Education of Marginalised Children and Young Adults (CREMCYA) and Professor of Youth and Community Education at St Mary's University Twickenham, Professor in Critical...

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Fiona Cullen, Dr

Senior Lecturer at St. Marys University

Fin Cullen is a qualified Youth and Community worker and worked for over a decade across the UK in a variety of contexts including youth homeless provision, residential settings, day centres, school-based youth services, centre-based, outreach,...

Tina Salter, Dr

Senior Lecturer in Applied Social Studies at University of Bedfordshire

Tina is a Senior Lecturer in Applied Social Sciences at the University of Bedfordshire. She is course coordinator for the MA in Childhood, Youth and Family Studies, which also has a JNC youth work pathway. Tina has been teaching youth and...

Content associated with this SIG

BERA Educational Research Book of the Year

Closes 15 Jul 2024

This award celebrates the publication of educational research and is awarded to a scholarly book on education deemed to be high quality, engaging and innovative.

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