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Past event Part of series: Researching Youth – Methods Seminar Series

Co-production, co-design and co-authorship

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This third session in our Researching Youth Seminar series will explore the ways that co-research and co-authorship can enable researchers to work more with young people, rather than on young people. We welcome members to attend, learn about some examples of co-research and co-authorship, and also to learn from others and share their own experiences of work with young people to the workshop session.

Benjamin Bowman will share his experiences of writing co-authored research and policy briefings with young people on his work on young people’s experiences of climate change. Benjamin shares methods for co-authorship, the experiences of co-authorship, and the unexpected opportunities to support young people that can arise through co-authorship. He also reflects on the challenges to co-authorship, not least the difficult relationship between young people who lead busy lives often under great pressure, and the relatively slow and cumbersome processes of academic funding, writing and publication.

Grace Spencer and Niamh O’Brien will explore some of the ways to launch and facilitate a Young Person Research Advisory Group. Many funders now expect some kind of ‘user’ perspective in the development of funding applications but the complexities of doing this with young people (and in advance of a grant submission) are currently not well considered. Grace and Niamh will share their experiences of setting up and working with YPAGs (both in the UK and internationally), including the opportunities and challenges of supporting co-production, co-authorship and the meaningful and authentic engagement of young people in research.

Following these short presentations, there will be space for event attendees to share questions, ideas and their own approaches to talking and listening to young people.


10:00 Welcome and BERA Introduction
10:05 Establishing a Young Person Advisory Group
Grace Spencer & Niamh O’Brien, Anglia Ruskin University
10:20 All flourishing is mutual”: co-authorship with young people
Benjamin Bowman, Manchester Metropolitan University
10:50 Provocation
10:55 Discussion in breakout rooms
11:30 Sharing and Event close

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Benjamin Hanckel, Dr

Senior Research Fellow at Western Sydney University

Dr Benjamin Hanckel (he/him) is a Senior Research Fellow in the Institute for Culture and Society at Western Sydney University. Benjamin’s research examines youth health and wellbeing, social inequalities in health, and social change. His work...


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Ben Bowman, Dr

Lecturer in Youth Justice at Manchester Metropolitan University

Dr Benjamin Bowman is Lecturer in Sociology at Manchester Metropolitan University and a member of the Manchester Centre for Youth Studies. He is an interdisciplinary researcher with an interest in young people’s everyday lives, everyday...

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Grace Spencer, Dr

Associate Professor in Young People, Health and Social Equity at Anglia Ruskin University

Grace is an Associate Professor in Young People, Health and Social Equity at the Faculty of Health, Education, Medicine and Social Care, Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge, UK. Her research focuses on young people’s health and their...

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Niamh O’Brien, Dr

Associate Professor of Social Inclusion and Young People at Anglia Ruskin University

Niamh’s expertise is in undertaking participatory approaches to research involving young people. Her interests are in bullying and enabling young people to participate in research in areas which interest and/or affect them. Niamh holds an...

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