Youth Matters 2016: Moving from the Margins

Keynote Speakers:

Prof. Rob MacDonald (Teeside University)
Prof. Bryony Hoskins (University of Roehampton)

To officially launch Newcastle University’s Youth Research Network we are excited to announce our first conference - Youth Matters: Moving from the Margins, hosted alongside the Political Studies Association’s Young People’s Politics Specialist Group and Newcastle University’s School of Geography, Politics and Sociology.  

The conference will facilitate an interdisciplinary conversation on youth by bringing together scholars from multiple fields researching young people’s lives, positions and experiences of the social world. We want to explore the methodological, theoretical and epistemological challenges, strategies and possibilities in contemporary youth research. To achieve this we will organise a hands on pre-conference methods workshop to share methodological challenges and solutions. To further facilitate an interdisciplinary conversation we call specifically for papers that speak to an interdisciplinary audience and issues and we will invite discussants to comment on each paper and direct the conversation to explore the interdisciplinary links. By establishing links between various fields of youth research, we aim to highlight issues which are often sidelined in both academic and public debates and move youth research in from the margins.

Conference is free, but spaces are strictly limited so please register ASAP to guarantee a place.

  • Young People’s Politics Specialist Group, Political Studies Association
  • The school of Geography, Politics and Sociology, Newcastle University
  • Governance and Political Organisations Research Cluster, Politics, Newcastle University
  • Gender Research Group, Newcastle University

Conference details

8th June 12.30 - 17.30 Pre Conference Methods workshops

Three practical workshops targeted at PGRs and Early Career Researchers, although we welcome and encourage more experienced academics to attend and share their experiences of youth research.  Sessions include: ‘Getting Through the Ethics Committee’, ‘Working with Gatekeepers’ and ‘Involving Young People in Research.’

9th June 08.30 - 17.00 Interdisciplinary academic conference

Six panels, chaired by discussants, to explore the interdisciplinary links between the papers and guide the discussion afterwards.  Panels will include papers from a broad range of disciplines.

Further information 

Programme for Youth Matters Methods Workshop 8th June

Programme for Youth Matters Conference day 9th June

Keynote Speakers

Methods Conference Workshop Leader