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The state of youth 2: inequality, insecurity and transitions to adulthood


The state of youth 2: inequality, insecurity and transitions to adulthood

Recent years have seen increasing concerns about the situation and prospects of youth in the UK and across Europe. The Great Recession and subsequent austerity policies focus attention on the pressing challenges facing young adults in making successful transitions across Europe.  Nevertheless, systematic, interdisciplinary research evidence on these issues remains sparse.

This is the second in a series of one-day seminars that aims showcase contemporary research on these themes. By bringing together established scholars, newer researchers working at PhD and postdoctoral levels, and community and civil society organisations, we seek to explore some critical questions in contemporary youth studies on inequality, insecurity, and their impacts for young adults in the UK today.

Confirmed Speakers:

Professor Pauline Leonard (University of Southampton): 'Securing the future? Young people, diversity and labour market entry route strategies'

Professor Anoop Nayak (University of Newcastle) 'White Lines:  Race, place and belonging in the post-industrial periphery'

Dr Chris Playford (University of Exeter): 'Social class inequalities in school qualifications in the UK'

Plus a PhD Workshop!

Followed by:

The Institute of Advanced Studies hosts:


Benjamin Meaker Evening Lecture & Wine Reception*

Professor Rob MacDonald (University of Huddersfield, University of Bristol Visiting Professor)

'Yetis, zombies & voodoo sociology: 25 years of youth research on Teesside'


Time:   1715-1830, followed by wine reception

Venue: Lecture Theatre 2D3, Soc Science Complex, Priory Road

*NB - separate registration required for Benjamin Meaker Evening Public Lecture, please visit:

Call for Papers PhD/Doctoral paper session

Doctoral students are very warmly invited to present their work in the PhD/Doctoral paper session. To do so, please submit an short abstract to Dr Eldin: ZWxkaW4gISBmYWhteSB8IGJyaXN0b2wgISBhYyAhIHVr, including the following details: paper title, name, and institution by  Mon 7th Jan 2019. Funding is available to help with travel costs for SWDTP students and PhD students travelling from outside Bristol - if you need help with costs do let us know.

The event will take place in the School for Policy Studies, Priory Rd., Bristol. Registration and refreshments will begin from 10:00. On arrival, please report to SPS Reception (8 Priory Road, BS8 1TZ). For any queries please contact:  Dr Alba Lanau: YWxiYSAhIGxhbmF1IHwgYnJpc3RvbCAhIGFjICEgdWs=

Event organisers:  Dr Eldin Fahmy, Dr Alba Lanau (University of Bristol), Prof Rob MacDonald (University of Huddersfield)

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