Established in 1999, the Youth Study Group provides a forum for all those interested in researching young people. The group hopes to attract existing BSA members as well as to promote links with other disciplines and agencies involved in youth work and research.


The Youth Study Group has organised a number of conferences and seminars on a range of youth related topics since its inception in 1999. We always welcome ideas from Study Group members for future events – please contact the convenors if you have an event in mind.

In addition to organising events, the group seeks to enhance communication between youth researchers, something which is primarily achieved via the youth-study Jiscmail list and our Twitter account @BSAYouthSG.

Selected publications

The group's methodological conference at the University of Surrey in 2000 led to a Palgrave collection called Researching Youth (Bennett, Cieslik and Miles 2003), while its 'Scenes Subcultures and Tribes' conference at the University of Northampton in 2003 resulted in an anthology called Youth Cultures (Hodkinson and Deicke 2007).   In 2011, Palgrave published Innovations in Youth Research, edited by Sue Heath and Charlie Walker, which was based on a collection of papers from a Youth Study Group seminar in 2009. The study group conference 'Youth 2010' has also produced two publications: a special issue of Journal of Sociology (December 2011) edited by Sian Lincoln, Paula Geldens and Paul Hodkinson, and a special section of Sociological Research Online on the theme of 'Young People, Education and Inequalities' (August, 2012). February 2013 saw the publication of a special section of Sociological Research Online based on our 2011 study group seminar which focused on the 'missing middle of youth studies'. More recently, the edited collection from the 2012 Study Group Event 'Young Masculinities: Challenges, Changes and Transitions' was published as: Debating Modern Masculinities: Change, Continuity, Crisis? (Roberts, 2014).

Annual Report

The Youth Study Group Annual Report is now available.