Institute of Education


Adolescent lives: cross-disciplinary, cross-national and critical perspectives on youth and wellbeing

12 December 2017, 9:30 am–7:00 pm

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UCL Institute of Education, 20 Bedford Way, London WC1H 0AL

This conference brings together researchers from neuro-science, health sciences, and social sciences to examine a common challenge: how do we ensure the wellbeing of adolescents in diverse contexts?

To facilitate a cross-disciplinary conversation, we are adopting a broad definition of wellbeing, so that it includes not just physical health or mental health, but also social, political and/or economic wellbeing (and the challenges youth face in attaining these types of wellbeing).

Many of these different facets of young lives are interlinked, but their connections are not necessarily fully understood.

The diverse papers and panels will address themes such as:

  • Adolescent physical and mental health
  • The impact of digital technologies/ social media
  • Youth politics in times of division and conflict
  • The challenges of researching youth wellbeing
  • Youth attitudes towards their future wellbeing
  • Gender and wellbeing
  • Cross-national differences in wellbeing policies and outcomes.


The conference is free and open to everyone. To attend please register by 24 November 2017.

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This conference is being organised by the Centre for Global Youth and the UCL Great Ormond Street Institute for Child Health, University College London, with the generous support of our sponsors: the UCL Grand Challenges Programme (Human Wellbeing strand), the Department of Education, Practice and Society at the UCL Institute of Education, and the UCL Great Ormond Street Institute for Child Health.



Avril Keating