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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Ben Bowman

Role: Convenor
Institution: Manchester Metropolitan University

Sarah Pickard

Role: Convenor
Institution: Universite Sorbonne Nouvelle - Paris 3

Emily Rainsford

Role: Convenor
Institution: Newcastle University


Katherine Smith

Role: Convenor
University of Sheffield

James Weinberg

Role: Convenor
University of Sheffield



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Group Events

Specialist Group event
04 Oct

More information coming soon.

Paper workshop for YPP members with YPP convenors