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Young people, youth policies and the pandemic

Our thematic online series of evidence-based youth research findings will continue on 3 May. We will discuss recent RAY research findings from our project on the impact of the Corona pandemic in Europe as well as we will hear additional insights from our guest speakers (who will be announced soon) on the topic of ‘Young people, youth policies and the pandemic’.

This Youth Research Dialogue is part of the preparation process for the Youth Work Recovery Conference, which takes place in June 2022 in Helsinki.



Young people, youth policies and the pandemic


3 May, 15:00 – 15:45 CEST


>>Ollin Pérez Raynaud is a Policy Research and Advice Consultant at the OECD Public Governance Directorate. Previously, she also worked as an Engagement Advisor at Auckland Council in New Zealand. She holds a Master’s degree in International Public Management from Sciences Po and a BA in International Relations and Criminology from the University of Auckland.

>>Andreas Karsten (RAY transnational research team)


Livestream, which can be followed here:

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Moderated by

Tomi Kiilakoski and Domagoj Morić


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What is the RAY research project on the impact of the Corona pandemic on youth work in Europe?

The aim of this research project is to document and analyse the effects of the coronavirus pandemic on youth work in Europe, including the European youth programmes, and the response of youth work and the youth sector across Europe to the pandemic and its effects.

The key objectives of this research project are to explore the short- and mid-term effects and projected longer-term impact of the coronavirus pandemic on youth work in Europe; to explore responses of youth work to the coronavirus pandemic and its effects on young people and youth work across Europe; to explore key differences between responses of different youth work structures, contexts, frameworks, types and approaches; to develop recommendations for European youth programmes and European youth policies on how to better to support youth work in responding to the effects and impact of the pandemic on young people and youth work; as well as to explore in how far European and national recovery plans and programmes support youth work in recovering from the effects of the pandemic.

Further information can be found HERE.

What are the Youth Research Dialogues?

The overall aim of the ‘Youth Research Dialogues’ series is to not only to make RAY research findings more accessible but also other European youth research studies and create a dialogue between researchers about their findings. The ‘Youth Research Dialogues’ series  promotes different topics, e.g. inclusion and diversity, pandemic and youth work, digitalisation etc.

In addition to researchers from the RAY Network, the ‘Youth Research Dialogues’ series  features research colleagues from different global and European contexts and networks.

The Youth Research Dialogue series is addressed to the European youth sector and participation will be possible through a livestream, and the recorded video can also be watched after the live event.

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