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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

Frances Howard, Dr

Lecturer in Youth Studies at Nottingham Trent University

Dr Frances Howard is a lecturer in youth studies at Nottingham Trent University. She has recently completed her PhD investigating ‘disengaged’ young people’s experience of Arts Award programmes. Her research interests focus on young people...

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...

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