The PSA Young People’s Politics specialist group addresses various questions within contemporary and historical contexts related to young people’s political participation, such as:

  • What does ‘politics’ and political participation mean to young people?
  • How and why do young people choose to participate (or not) in politics and democracy?
  • How can young people be encouraged to participate more widely (and deeply) in various forms of civic and political engagement, including electoral and non-electoral forms of political participation?
  • How is the landscape of young people’s citizenship and political participation evolving?
  • Why is young people’s political participation important?

Members of the YPP specialist group engage with key issues, such as:

citizenship, citizenship education, political socialisation, Votes at 16, electoral participation, political generations, non-electoral participation, Do-It-Ourselves politics, protest, engagement, generational replacement, representation, precarity and politics, intergenerational inequalities.

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The Young People's Politics specialist group would like to than James Weinberg for all his energy and efforts when a convenor - and we are delighted to welcome as from January 2021 Ana Nunes and Christine Huebner as our 2 news convenors!


The Young People's Politics SG is (co)organising  panels for the PSA 2021 conference in Belfast, Monday-Wednesday 29-31 March  2021. Please note this event will take place entirely online.


We'll be organising meet ups for speakers before each panel and a social event for all members.


Panel 110 Young people's politics, protest and social movements

9:30am - 11:00am

Monday, 29 March 2021


JOHN ROBERTS, JOSEPH IBRAHIM, Social movements and young people - what is going on?

BEN BOWMAN, SARAH PICKARD, Young people and social movements - what is going on?

CECILE VAN DE VELDE, What have you done to our world? From the Indignant to the pro-climate movement, 4 major rhetorics of injustice between generations


Monday 29 March

15:30-16:30 BST Annual Young People's Politics Specialist gp Meeting


16:30-17:30 BST SHARING & CARING Time to hang out online & chat about youth research, homeworking & pandemics. If you don't have the Zoom link send an email / DM.


Tuesday 30 March

Hold for PSA ECN Speed Mentoring Tue 30 Mar 2021 12:30pm – 1:30pm


Panel 720 Young People's Environmental Politics

1:30pm - 3:00pm

Tuesday, 30 March 2021


BEN BOWMAN    Listen to the Science: Participatory Action Research with Young Climate Strikers

DENA ARYA, MATT HENN, OLIVER HARRISSON    How Do Young People Across the Spectrum of Economic Inequality Participate in Environmental Politics in the UK?

SARAH PICKARD    Despair, grief, anger, joy and hope: young environmental activists and emotions

SARI VERACHTERT    The effect of a sustainable education project on adolescent’s sustainable attitudes and behaviours in Belgium


Panel 820 Young people’s politics and methods

3:30pm - 5:00pm

Tuesday, 30 March 2021


REBECCA BAKER, The utility of a mixed method approach in centralising young people’s voices in engagement research

MIRANDA DUFFY, Cutting through the noise: using live theatre performance to inspire confident questioning and promote citizenship education for 9-12 year olds

THALIA MAGIOGLOU, Young people’s aspirations : from personal career and life to societal goals and values? A study with 1st and 3rd year students in London

NICOLE GALLANT, ALICE GAUDREAU, ALICE GAUDREAU, Working towards relevant instruments to measure today’s young people’s informal modes of political socialisation


Panel 920 Young people's politics: the personal and the political experiences of youth engagement

9:00am - 10:30am

Wednesday, 31 March 2021


CHRISTINE HUEBNER, Young people’s participation and the tension between structure and agency

KATHERINE SMITH, Facing barriers or breaking them down? Young women and participation in UK political organisations

JULIANE VIOLA, Private, Public, and Political: What we can learn from the lived experiences of young people in America

EVA FERNANDEZ, VALENTINA HOLECZ, Social Spheres, Values and the Political Participation of Young People in Switzerland


Panel 1020 Young people's politics, citizenship, rights and the young generation

10:45am - 12:15pm

Wednesday, 31 March 2021


RODRIGO PRAINO, CHARLIE LEES, Millennials, Post-Millennials and Magic Grandads: Do Young Voters Support Older White Men at the Ballot Box?

ANDY MYCOCK, TOM LOURHRAN, Becoming a citizen - Votes at 16 and youth transitions to adulthood

JAMES WEINBERG, Civic Education as an Antidote to Inequalities in Political Participation? Evidence from English Secondary Education

DEAN FARQUHAR, Youth non-voting in 'post-Agreement' Northern Ireland: beyond apathy and engaged scepticism

IMOGEN FELD, Growing up in the time of Brexit: The perception of parliamentary politics


Panel 1120 Young people's politics, values and political participation

1:45pm - 3:15pm

Wednesday, 31 March 2021


MATT HENN, JAMES SLOAM, ANA PONTES, Young Cosmopolitans and Environmental Politics: How Postmaterialist Values Feed Youth Engagement in Environmental Issues in Established Democracies

ALISTAIR ROSS, Young Europeans, Migration, Racism and Diversity: The Contextualisation of Values

FAWZIA SLIMANI, The Impact of Values on Young People's Political Participation

MAGDELINA KITANOVA, Contextual influencers of youth political participation and the mediating effect of age: a multilevel analysis






After the success of our 2019 event, we are delighted to put out this call for abstracts for our second academic workshop ''FROM PAPER TO PUBLICATION' to be held on 24 September 2021 - online.

This event aims to bring together scholars with a broad interest in innovative and pluralistic research in the field of young people and politics. The event will last for a full day and will allow scholars at all stages of their career to put their latest work through rapid and intensive review by like-minded experts.


The purpose of the event is to provide constructive support to one another in order that collectively our members are able to (a) produce the best research possible and (b) successfully navigate the landscape of high quality publishing in our field. If successful, we hope that this event will become a regular feature of the YPP calendar.



This is an open call, so we welcome pieces relating to any aspect of young people's politics and engagement, encouraging a plurality of methods, approaches, geographical locations, types of engagement etc.



If you are interested in participating in this event, please send an abstract of no more than 250 words to the YPP committee by 25th June 2021.

All abstracts will be reviewed and successful applicants will be duly notified. We welcome and encourage submissions from scholars at all stages of their carers and from a wide range of backgrounds.



Please note that you will be required to produce a full draft of a journal article, book or thesis chapter, or grant application (case for support) to be sent to the other workshop participants sufficiently in advance of the workshop (approx 3-4 weeks). We guarantee that successful submissions will each receive 1 hour of intensive feedback and discussion.



Probably online.



Please note that this call is only open to members of the Young People’s Politics Specialist group. If you are a PSA member you can easily join the group by logging in or creating an account at the PSA website and request to become a member of our group. If you are not a PSA member, but would like to be a member of our specialist group, send an email to the convenors and we will add you to the group.

We look forward to receiving your abstracts! 

If you have any questions do not hesitate to contact
Best wishes,
Ana, Ben, Christine, Emily, Katherine, Sarah
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Ben Bowman

Role: Convenor / Treasurer
Institution: Manchester Metropolitan University

Christine Huebner

Role: Convenor
Institution: Nottingham Trent University

Ana Nunes

Role: Convenor
Institution: Nottingham Trent University

Sarah Pickard

Role: Convenor
Institution: Université Sorbonne Nouvelle - Paris 3

Emily Rainsford

Role: Convenor
Institution: Newcastle University

Katherine Smith

Role: Convenor
University of Sheffield


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The Young People's Politics specialist group would like to than James Weinberg for all his energy and efforts when a convenor - and we are delighted to welcome Ana Nunes and Christine Huebner as our 2 news convenors!