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 SG is (co)organising  panels for the PSA 2022 conference in York, 10-13 April 2022.


Dear PSA Young People’s Politics specialist group members and friends,

We do hope you are keeping well.

As a PSA specialist group, we are launching our call for papers for the PSA conference 2022 - please send us your abstracts directly to us the Young People’s Politics sg convenors at before 1 October 2021.

Building on the ongoing success of the Young People’s Politics panels, joint sessions and roundtables of previous years, we have had a think about how to get the most out of the next conference. In recent years, we have come up with a series of panel ideas and written detailed panel abstracts followed by a call for paper proposals for each panel.

For the 2022 conference, we feel like suggesting some wide panel themes (see below) based on prominent topics in Young People’s Politics at the moment, and  then match up proposals and panels. As you may have seen, the PSA has opened the Call for Papers for the annual conference taking place in York, 10-14 April 2022. We’d like to underline that should you want to submit a proposal for the PSA conference on the theme of young people’s politics TO PLEASE SEND IT TO US, rather than directly to the PSA or via the conference platform. That way, we can put together the panels and it avoids the PSA making up panels of individual papers and thus similar panels occurring at the same time (like in 2021). We hope that makes sense!

Here are the provisional themes we are suggesting for young people’s politics panels:

1)      Young people’s politics and methodological approaches (as a workshop);

2)      Young people’s politics and doing research with young people;

3)     Young people’s politics, social media and communication; 

4)      Young people’s politics, education and citizenship;

5)      Young people’s politics, identity, belonging and spaces (political parties, social movements, marginalised groups, etc);

6)      Young people’s politics, performative political participation and art;

7)      Young people’s politics and electoral politics (with EPOP specialist group);

8)      Young people’s politics and environmental activism (Environmental Politics specialist group);

9)      Young people’s politics and activism (with political and social movements specialist group).

10) Young people’s politics - what next?

11) Any other topics relating to Young people’s politics 

We are planning to organise traditional panels with 10-minute slots, roundtables and other more hands-on formats, as well as mentoring, buddying and social events.

In brief, if you would like to submit a paper proposal about young people’s politics, please send it to us at before 1 October 2021.

Warm wishes to everyone,

Ana, Ben, Christine, Emily, Katherine and Sarah.

Young People's Politics SG convenors.



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!