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Imagining the Future of Youth Studies

A BSA Youth Study Group Colloquium & Social

9 September 2022 (12-5pm)
Manchester Metropolitan University, UK

About the Event
Join us for our first in-person event since 2019!

The BSA Youth Study Group invites youth researchers and practitioners to come together to discuss the future of youth studies, and related disciplines. The event invites a range of speakers to contribute to discussions around the direction of youth studies at a time when the young people we work with are facing multiple intersecting crises. We also hope to offer a valuable opportunity to present work that attendees may be considering submitting to the BSA Annual Conference and/or the ISA conference in 2023 within a supportive and friendly environment.

The goal of this event is to craft connections and collaborations between people at all stages of their careers, and to have fun doing so. Each registered participant will have the opportunity to give a short presentation on their research (ranging from well-developed ideas to tentative work-in-progress ideas), to explore Themed Connections between your work and others, as well as participate in Future Directions discussion groups with other attendees.



Registration with refreshments 


Professor Hannah Smithson, Manchester Centre for Youth Studies (MCYS)
Professor Steven Miles (MMU)
BSA Co-Convenors 

1.15 - 1.40pm

Keynote: Professor Rob MacDonald, Huddersfield University, UK


Session 1: Research showcase and connections 


Short break  


Session 2: Research showcase and connections  


Session 3: Themed Connections ​Discussion (from Sessions 1&2)  


Short break with refreshments


Session 4: Future Directions Discussion   


Plenary Roundtable: Researchers from across career stages asking what the future of youth studies/youth-focused research looks like. The panel will include Dr Caitlin Nunn (MCYS), Professor Rob Ralphs (Substance use and Addictive Behaviours, MMU), Dr James Duggan (MMU) and Dr Catt Turney (The Kite Trust) 


Finish: Wine Reception. Social in central Manchester 


  • Concessionary Members: £10
  • BSA Members: £15
  • Non-members: £18

If you are interested in presenting at the event but cannot attend, click here.

Financial Support

We are offering 4 bursaries to cover registration, would you like to be considered for one of these? If so, please send us an email explaining your reasons for consideration.