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Rachel Benchekroun and Pippa Curtin share their reflections on the contributions and challenges of co-producing research with young people, drawing on their two projects exploring growing up in coastal towns. They argue for the importance of taking time to build trusting relationships, involving young people in all stages of the research process, identifying and addressing barriers to participation, and building in time to reflect and learn together throughout the project. They conclude by highlighting the benefits: young researchers develop new skills, knowledge and confidence; generation of rich qualitative data; development of partnerships locally and nationally; and influencing policy and practice.

Julianne Viola shares her experiences of using participant-led walking interviews. Drawing on empirical research with Imperial College students, Julianne reflects on the walking interviews, and the unique insights gained from this method related to placemaking and belonging among university students. The presentation begins with an introduction to the walking interview method, and then discusses the walking interview protocol for and findings from the Belonging, Engagement, and Community (BEC) study at Imperial College London. Julianne closes with reflections on the value of the method for research with young people, and aims for the future of the BEC study.


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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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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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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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Rachel Benchekroun, Dr

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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Pippa Curtin

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. ...