Third Youth Research Dialogue on 8 November
Our third Youth Research Dialogue put the topic of youth participation and active citizenship in the focus. Helmut Fennes from the RAY transnational research team discussed findings from our RAY research project on participation and citizenship education and learning in the European youth programmes as well as insights into how European Youth Programmes foster the development of participation and citizenship practice.
Our two guest speakers addressed youth participation and its forms in a wider context (also outside the programmes). Natalia Wächter (professor in Social Pedagogy at the University of Graz, Austria) talked about self-conceptions of young activists in the Fridays for Future movement. Kari Saari (researcher in Juvenia –Youth Research and Development Centre in South-Eastern University of Applied Sciences, Finland) spoke about his research findings on youth participation, civic activism and social movements (speaker details are below).
This was followed by a lively dialogue between the three researchers, moderated by Tomi Kiilakoski. A thank you also to Domagoj Morić who is responsible for the digital facilitation & visuals.
Live stream available
If you didn’t have the time to join or want to re-watch the Youth Research Dialogue again, just access the recording of the live stream here: https://fb.watch/9kxU0ooOmZ/
Our next episode will take place on 14 December and will address the role of innovation in European youth work and youth policy. Further details will be announced on our RAY website (events and news sections).
See you next time!
>> Natalia Waechter is a professor in Social Pedagogy at the University of Graz, Austria, Department of Educational Science. Her research focuses on generations, youth and young adults, digitalization and social inequalities, identity, migration, as well as on international quantitative and qualitative studies. At the Ludwig-Maximilian University, Munich, she is leading the EU research project ySKILLS (2020-2023) investigating digital skills of young people. In her presentation at the Youth Research Dialogue she talked about self-conceptions of young activists in the Fridays for Future movement.
>> Helmut Fennes is a researcher with a special focus on non-formal and informal education and learning, in particular with respect to participation of young people and adults in civil society and democratic life. He is a founding member of the Austian Network for Youth Research. Helmut is working for the Generation and Educational Science Institute (genesis), has worked for the RAY Network since its foundation in 2008 and has been involved in numerours RAY research projects on the the research-based analysis of European Youth Programmes. He provided insights into how European Youth Programmes foster the development of participation and citizenship practice.
>> Dr. Kari Saari works as a researcher in Juvenia –Youth Research and Development Centre in South-Eastern University of Applied Sciences (Xamk). He holds the title of docent (sociology of law and criminology) in University of Turku, Finland. His research interests have focused on youth studies, civic activism, social movements, ethnic relations, citizenship and the relations between the police and citizens. Recently Saari has worked as a researcher in two projects funded by the Academy of Finland (‘Citizenship Constellations’/ ‘Citizen Mindscapes’) and EU-funded (FP7) international ‘Memory, Youth, Political Legacy and Civil Engagement (MYPLACE)’ project.