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

Creative Methods – part I

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The second session in our Researching Youth Seminar series will unpack creative methods, the first of two sessions focusing on the foregrounding, and critique, of the ways in which creative methods are used with young people in a range of settings.

Our two speakers will explore the emotional response to, and practical application of, creative methodologies.
James Duggan will share his experience working on the collaborative Loneliness Connects Us Project based at Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) and in conjunction with 42nd Street. He will focus on his utilisation of the concept of the ‘carousel of methods’, expanding and broadening both creative pedagogy, thinking and practice with young people. This participatory project developed capacity of youth researchers to create new narratives of loneliness.

Thalia Thereza Assan will present her PhD research, which explores intersections of friendship and political participation in the lives of Black girls and Girls of Colour in Scotland. She will speak about designing her research to provide meaningful and enjoyable engagements for participants. She will focus on the creative methods she used, such as photovoice, mapping and writing, and how she adapted her research due to Covid-19.

Between each of the short presentations, there will be a chance for attendee’s to ask questions, in the Q&A. Also there will be an opportunity to discuss the themes and topics raised in breakout rooms.


10:00 Welcome & Introduction
10:05 Exploring relational aspects of girls’ political participation through a multi-method approach
Thalia Thereza Assan, The University of Edinburgh
10:25 Q&A Discussion
10:35 A carousel of creative methods: Co-producing research on youth loneliness using process and speculative approaches
James Duggan, Manchester Metropolitan University
10:55 Q&A Discussion
11:05 Breakout Room
11:20 Concluding remarks


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Eveleigh Buck-Matthews, Dr

Lecturer at Birmingham City University

Eveleigh Buck-Matthews is a Lecturer in Criminology at Birmingham City University. She is Deputy Chair of the Participatory Geography Research Group and Co-convenor of the British Sociological Association Youth Study Group.

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Sophie Atherton, Miss

PhD Student at University of Manchester

Sophie Atherton is a PhD candidate in Sociology, supervised by Dr Petra Nordqvist and Professor Sue Heath. Her research investigates the experiences and representation of transgender and non-binary students at secondary school in the UK and...


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Thalia Thereza Assan

PhD student at University of Edinburgh

Thalia Thereza Assan is a PhD candidate in Sociology at the University of Edinburgh. Her research, now in the writing-up stage, examines the importance of friendship in the political lives of Black girls and Girls of Colour in Scotland.

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James Duggan, Dr

Research Fellow at Manchester Metropolitan University

I am a Research Fellow in the School of Childhood, Youth and Education Studies, in the Faculty of Education. My research interests are in exploring the productive tensions between community-based and public sector ways of organising. I am...

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