An interdisciplinary research centre that examines what it means to grow up in a global world.
Young people born after 1990 are growing up and making the transition to adulthood at a time when education, markets, technologies, and social demographics are changing rapidly. Through our teaching and research, we examine the wide-ranging implications of these changes for the youth of today.
Our teaching and research is comparative and multidisciplinary, and focuses on young lives in the Global North and Global South.
Our core areas of interest and expertise are:
- global citizenship
- mobility, migration and cultural understanding
- youth civic engagement and youth voice
- youth transitions in the context of global inequalities and technological transformations
- wellbeing and resilience (including health, mental health, and sexualities)
- digital lives.
We put young people's experiences and perspectives at the heart of our teaching and research, and try to tackle questions such as:
- How are young people responding to the challenges and opportunities that are emerging from greater global integration?
- What are young people's perceptions of and attitudes towards these changes?
- What are the commonalities, differences and inequalities in experiences of growing up in a global world?
- Avril Keating (Director)
- Laila Kadiwal (Research Associate)
- Marika Tsolakis (ESRC-GCRF Postdoctoral Research Fellow)
Staff at UCL working on Youth issues
Study with us
Modules for Bachelor's degrees
We offer a range of modules that focus on youth issues, including:
- Youth in a Globalising World | part of the Education Studies BA
- Youth and Youth Movements in the Modern World | part of the Education Studies BA
We also welcome applications from prospective PhD students that are interested in studying youth issues at UCL:
UCL researchers are involved in a wide range of youth-related research projects, including:
- Being young in Brexit Britain: young people's attitudes towards and aspirations after the Brexit referendum | contact: Avril Keating and Laila Kadiwal
- The Crisis for Contemporary Youth: Young People, Opportunities and Civic Values (LLAKES website) | contact: Avril Keating and Andy Green
- Becoming Adult | contact: Elaine Chase
- Adolescents Our Future | contact: Russell Viner
- Anders, J. D., & Dorsett, R. (2017). What young English people do once they reach school-leaving age: A cross-cohort comparison for the last 30 years. Longitudinal and Life Course Studies, 8 (1), 79-107. DOI:10.14301/llcs.v8i1.399
- Franceschelli, M., (2016). Identity and Upbringing in South Asian Muslim Families: Insights from Young People and their Parents in Britain. Palgrave Macmillan, London.
- Keating, A. (2016) Are cosmopolitan dispositions learned at home, at school, or through contact with others? Evidence from young people in Europe. Journal of Youth Studies, 19(3), 338-357.
- Sukarieh, M. & Tannock, S. (2015) Youth Rising? The Politics of Youth in the Global Economy. London: Routledge.
- Wilde, R.J. (2016) 'Plugging Gaps, Taking Action': Conceptions of Global Citizenship in Gap Year Volunteering. Policy and Practice Development Education Review 23