Reflections on Researching Youth

Researching Youth took place in Summer 2022 and was organised by co-convenors of the British Educational Research Association (BERA) special interest group on Youth Studies and Informal Education, in collaboration with the British Sociological Association (BSA)’s Youth Study Group and the Political Studies Association (PSA)’s Young People’s Politics Specialist Group

Whilst we cannot claim there is any single disciplinary perspective on youth from sociologists, the discipline does lend a specifically critical edge to fundamental concepts within youth research, not least ‘youth’ itself, as outlined above. So, what did we learn alongside our youth research colleagues in BERA and PSA? Outlined in the following blog are three key messages that capture the essence of the series (at least for us!) and the fascinating discussions the eight online events enabled.