Young Lives in Contemporary Times: Transitions, Challenges and Opportunities

29 April 2019 (09:30-17:00)
Iris Murdoch Building, University of Stirling

Confirmed Keynote Speaker

  • Associate Professor Dan Woodman, University of Melbourne, Australia

About the Event

A call for papers for a one-day symposium on exploring emerging research and practice that considers the lives and transitions of young people in the contemporary context.

It is widely recognised that young people are transitioning into and through adulthood in the context of significant and rapid socioeconomic change, which has powerfully reshaped key aspects of their lives, including: how contemporary youth conceive of, and make plans for, the future; how they engage with education and employment; their sense of belonging, agency and identity; the challenges and opportunities they encounter; and how they foster institutional and personal relationships and connections. In light of these shifts, this event offers the opportunity to explore and engage with emerging research and practice that foregrounds the lived experiences, perspectives and youth transitions of young people in contemporary times.

Call for papers

This event strongly encourages work with an intersectional recognition or focus. We invite abstracts from researchers and practitioners at all career stages, including PGR students, on the following themes:

  • Aspirations and the future
  • Intergenerational dynamics, inequalities and conflict
  • Youth transitions: education, employment and training (qualitative and quantitative)
  • Identity, belonging and agency
  • Youth intersectionality and inequalities
  • Social networks and sources of support

Please send abstracts of no more than 250 words to Charlotte McPherson by 29 March 2019.


  • BSA Members - £5
  • Non-BSA Members - £15

Lunch and refreshments provided.  Contribution is available towards travel costs of non-funded PGR students.