IOE - Faculty of Education and Society


The shifting contours of 'precarity': Examining the multiple factors determining the wellbeing outcomes of former unaccompanied migrant children in the UK as they become 'adult'

03 May 2016, 1:00 pm–2:00 pm

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The Library, Thomas Coram Research Unit, 27 - 28 Woburn Square, London WC1H 0AA

Elaine Chase, UCL Institute of Education


Drawing on emerging findings from the ESRC-funded 'Becoming Adult' project, the seminar will present factors  affecting the wellbeing outcomes of former unaccompanied children as they make the transition to 'adulthood' (institutionally at 18). In doing so it problematizes the idea that 'vulnerability' is an inevitable  part of migrant young people's transitions to 'adulthood' in the context of immigration control, suggesting instead  that 'precarity' better captures the 'politically-induced'  (Butler) dimensions  to these experiences.

About the presenter

Elaine Chase is Senior Lecturer in Education, Health Promotion and International Development in the Department of  Education, Practice and Society (UCL Institute of Education) and Principal Investigator of the ESRC-funded project  'Becoming Adult' (www.becomingadult.net). Her research broadly focuses on the sociological dimensions of wellbeing and rights of individuals and communities, particularly those most likely to experience disadvantage and marginalisation.