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

Placemaking, exploring spaces and places with young people

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The Placemaking session in our Researching Youth Seminar series will explore the impact and affect of space and place on research with young people. Our three papers will explore how young people navigate space, create belonging and connection to place, whilst showcasing the spatial methods that researchers utilise to capture placemaking amongst young people.

Julianne Viola  will share her experiences of using participant-led walking interviews. Drawing on empirical research with Imperial College students, the paper will explore participant’s narratives of and stories of place and the meaning they attribute to them.

Rachel Benchekroun and Pippa Curtin’s paper highlights the challenges and opportunities experienced by young people growing up in coastal towns. The paper will focus on the lessons learned about participatory research with young people, including the importance of taking time to build trusting relationships, and the importance of identifying structural barriers to participation and responding sensitively to individual needs. These strategies enable young researchers to participate in ways which they find meaningful and which also produce data to address key research questions.

Hannah King  and Eveleigh Buck-Matthews focus on their experiences of undertaking research with young people at music festivals, nuancing the field site, and exploring its opportunities and issues. They also explore of the temporal nature of method collection in liminal spaces.

Between each of the short presentations (15 mins), there will be a chance for attendee’s to ask questions in the Q&A and discuss the papers together.


1:00 Welcome & BERA Introduction
1:05 The contributions and challenges of co-producing research with young people – Postcards from a coastal town
Rachel Benchekroun, University College London &  Pippa Curtin, NELC
1:20 Q&A Discussion
1:30 Situating belonging at university: The value of the walking interview method
Julianne Viola, Imperial College London
1:45 Q&A Discussion
1:55 Muddy methods: Entanglements of field research
Eveleigh Buck-Matthews, Birmingham City University & Hannah King, Durham University
2:15 Q&A Discussion
2:25 Concluding remarks & Event close

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Chairs & Speakers

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Julianne Viola, Dr

Research Associate at Imperial College London

Julianne is a postdoctoral Research Associate at the Centre for Higher Education Research and Scholarship (CHERS) at Imperial College London. Julianne leads the Belonging, Engagement, and Community (BEC) project and contributes to educational...

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Rachel Benchekroun, Dr

Lecturer at University College London

Rachel Benchekroun is a scholar of social inequalities, mobilities and relational practices. She is currently a Lecturer in Sociology at UCL IOE and University of Roehampton. Rachel’s ethnographic doctoral research explored how restrictive...

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Hannah King, Dr

Associate Professor/Director of Postgraduate Research at Durham University

Hannah is an Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology at Durham University. Her research is focused in the areas of young people and youth transitions to adulthood, domestic abuse and sexual violence and women in prison. As a...

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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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Karenza Moore, Dr

Lecturer in Sociology of Crime at Newcastle University

Karenza is a Lecturer in Sociology of Crime at Newcastle University, UK, and co-convenor of the British Sociological Association’s Youth Study Group. Karenza has researched drug use, markets and policies for 18 years. She focuses on alcohol,...

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Pippa Curtin

Voice and Influence Co-ordinator - Children’s Services at North East Lincolnshire Council

Pippa Curtin, Voice and Influence Co-ordinator Children’s services North East Lincolnshire Council. Co-ordinating borough wide youth voice initiatives and enabling young people to find and share their voices to create positive change. ...

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