Category Archives: Young People & Society Study Group

Young People and Society Study Group

Due to industrial action, this meeting has been moved to Thursday 17th May  2018 between 1.45 and 4.00.

We have two speakers:

Professor Simon James, Department of English Studies, Durham University on Dickens’s Myths of Childhood. This presentation will consider theories of autobiographical memory in relation to literary texts by Charles Dickens. In particular, it will concern the importance to Dickens of adult mnemonic connection to childhood, and the role of the Blacking Factory in narratives of Dickens’s own development.

Professor Tony Chapman, St Chad’s College on Narratives about the successful life transitions of young people in County Durham.  The presentation will include discussion of new evidence on the provision of support to young people in County Durham by public, private and third sector organisations – asking whether the whole is worth more than the sum of the parts.

The presentations will take place in the Horsfall Room, Ramsay House, St Chad’s College, 26 North Bailey (a few doors down from the Main College St Chad’s College building).



June meeting of the Young People and Society Study Group

The next meeting of our Young People and Society Study Group is on Thursday, June 22nd from 3.00 – 5.00 in In the Horsfall Room, Ramsay House, St Chad’s College, 26 North Bailey (a few doors down from the Main College building).

Coffee/tea/juice and biscuits will be available from 2.45. Ramsay House, .

We have two speakers and a discussion item.

Professor Roger Smith, School of Applied Social Sciences

‘Diverting our attention. Why doesn’t the state care about youth crime and is this a good thing?’

José Luis Mateos-González, School of Applied Social Sciences

‘Student Migration: European present, uncertain future: what can British higher education lose after Brexit?’   Following these presentations and discussion, Iain Lindsey will lead a discussion on a potential new grant application on addressing obesity in primary schools.

Following these presentations and discussion, Dr  Iain Lindsey will lead a discussion on a potential new grant application on addressing obesity in primary schools.


Young People and Society Study Group Meeting 9th March

At our next meeting on 9th March, from 3.00- 5.00 in the Horsfall Room, Ramsay House, 26 North Bailey, we have two speakers.

Professor Emma Murphy, School of Government and International Affairs, ‘A Political Economy of Youth Policy: Tunisia under Ben Ali.’

Dr Josie Phillips, School of Applied Social Sciences, ‘Making yourself better’: what young people who have been sexually abused say about relationships with therapists.

Please contact if you would like to attend the event.

Packaging the Past for Children, c.1750-1914

Workshop held in conjunction with the Centre for Nineteenth-Century Studies and sponsored by the Faculty of Arts & Humanities, Durham University.   Organised by Dr Rachel Bryant Davies and Dr Barbara Gribling

Wednesday 6th and Thursday 7th July 2016, Senate Suite, Durham Castle, Durham University, UK

Free to Attend, and lunch will be provided. Registration Closes on 20 June 2016. To book a place, please go to this webpage:

This workshop offers an opportunity to broaden scholarly understandings of the uses of the past by comparing and assessing the cultural work of different pasts in Britain in the long nineteenth century. Short papers will investigate the materials and texts produced for and by children as well as representations of real or imagined childhoods.

Scholars from a variety of disciplines will speak about a range of pasts — from the prehistoric and classical to the Celtic, Anglo-Saxon, Medieval, Tudor and Civil War periods. Museum professionals who will demonstrate how they display and explain the nineteenth-century past to children.

Papers and presentations will juxtapose literary, material, visual and performance cultures, while the format allows generous time for discussion of future directions in the field.

Confirmed speakers: Eileen Atkins (Culture Bridge North East) Adelene Buckland (English, Kings College London) Melanie Keene (History and Philosophy of Science, Cambridge) Helen Lovatt (Classics, Nottingham) Rosemary Mitchell (History, Leeds Trinity) Joanne Parker (English, Exeter) Sarah Price (Palace Green Library, Durham) Ellie Reid (Oxfordshire History Centre) Simon Woolley (Beamish Museum) Bennett Zon (Music, Durham).


Summer meeting of the Young People and Society Study Group

Following two successful meetings of the Young People and Society Study Group this academic year, our final session will take place on June 23rd from 1.45 – 4.00 in St Chad’s College.

At the start of the meeting we will be joined by Eileen Atkins – Area Manager (Tees Valley & County Durham) Culture Bridge North East who will give a brief presentation on the organisation’s work with children and young people.  Eileen will give a substantive talk on the programme and its achievements in next year’s series of workshops.

Speakers will include:

Dr Barbara Gribling, Department of History, ‘Consuming the past: children and the “Age of Chivalry”, 1880-1938’

Stephanie Rich, School of Applied Social Sciences, ‘Young people’s journeys from welfare to work: uncertain destinations’ 

Dr Kim Jamie, School of Applied Social Sciences, “I just don’t think it’s that natural”: Young mothers’ experiences and beliefs about breastfeeding.’

The study group aims to build new cross-disciplinary relationships amongst academics from Durham University and to strengthen our understanding of young people’s position in society through sharing research and debate.

If you are an academic or research postgraduate at the University, you are very welcome to join the group by contacting

Agenda for the spring meeting of the study group

The Young People and Society Study Group will hold its second meeting of the academic year on Thursday 17th March 2016 – from 4.00 – 6.00 in St Chad’s College. We have three speakers at the seminar, including:

  • Dr Nadia Siddiqui, School of Education, “Are private schools the only chance for poor children in Pakistan?  Analysis of Annual Statistics of Education Research (ASER), Pakistan.” 
  • Dr Stacey Pope, School of Applied Social Sciences, “Female sports fandom: existing research and future agendas.”
  • Dr Iain Lindsey, School of Applied Social Sciences, ‘Bucking austerity or going with the grain? Investigating developments in school and youth sport policy’

If you are an academic or post-graduate student at Durham University, you are welcome to join the group and take part in all our events.  Please contact to join.

Social mobility for whom, and at what social cost?

The Young People & Society Study Group meets once a term to discuss contemporary issues of interest to researchers at Durham University. The interdisciplinary group draws on expertise from seven University Schools, Departments and Colleges.

The first event this academic year will take place on Thursday 10th December in St Chad’s College and will tackle controversies surrounding the social mobility agenda.

The debate will be led by Dr Vikki Boliver of the School of Applied Social Sciences who will talk about equal access to elite universities. Professor Stephen Gorard from the School of Education will talk about the resurgence of political support for grammar schools and will assess its likely impact on social mobility. Professor Tony Chapman of St Chad’s College will talk about what counts as social mobility for many young people from deprived and marginalised communities and how such achievements are generally dismissed by politicians.

We then have a presentation by Professor Gina Porter and Dr Kate Hampshire of the Department of Anthropology to report on research they have recently completed. The title of their talk is: Exploring young people’s mobile phone usage in sub-Saharan Africa.


Participatory Action Research Hub Training Event

‘Developing a Participatory Research Project’ Friday 23rd October 2015. 2:30pm – 5pm | CLC406 Derman Christopher room. Calman Learning Centre |Mountjoy | Stockton Road | Durham | DH1 3LE(#40 on map)

Would you like to develop a participatory research project with partners from theuniversity and/or other community groups, but are wondering where to start? Thisfree training responds to feedback from those who have joined the Hub so far thathas indicated a high level of interest in participatory research, but a need for morepractical training on how to make their own projects happen. This training will:

– Help you develop a practical resarch question for your project.
– Work through key steps for turning a research idea into a researchproject, including a plan for making it happen.
– Enable you to consider what methods are best, and how to overcome challenges you may face (e.g. obtaining funding).
– Provide opportunities to meet others interested in being partners in similar research, from other organisations/university.
– Provide opportunities for academics and community members to learn from each other, through practising participatory approaches.

2.30 Arrival, tea and coffee (10 mins)
2.40 Introduction
2.45 Framing and refining the research question
3.15 Methods
3:45 Tea/coffee & pastries (10 mins)
3.55 Overcoming issues, challenges and barriers (incl. ethical issues in carrying out the research)
4.25 Funding and follow-up
4.55 Conclusion

We have a number of people who have expressed a particular interest in youth and community related topics, and Investing In Children will be joining us on the day to share their research experience and expertise. We hope that this might be a way of supporting research to develop in these areas. To book your free place, please email, with brief details of any topic/s on which you might be interested in developinginto a participatory research project.