Young adults: Living and Learning in Recessional Times – 5 December

Young adults: Living and Learning

in Recessional Times

Friday 5 December

BSA Meeting Room, Imperial Wharf, Fulham, London, SW6 2PY

This event explores how young people’s aspirations and realities for living and learning in the UK are responding to societal changes, not least increased economic insecurity, housing and welfare changes. The importance of gender and ethnicity in these relationships will also be discussed.

The event will showcase some key findings from an ESRC project on Young Adults Transitions led by Prof. Ann Berrington (University of Southampton) and Dr Steven Roberts (University of Kent). In addition there will be contributions from Prof. Andy Furlong (University of Glasgow) and Ben Corr (Greater London Authority). The policy implications of the findings will be discussed by an invited panel of youth and housing experts from the third sector, local and national Government including Vidhya Alakeson (Resolution Foundation) and Julie Jefferies (Office for National Statistics).

To register for the event, please send an email by 22nd November 2014 to, giving your full name, organisation and preferred contact details. Places are limited and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.


1.00pm Registration and tea/coffee

1.15pm – 1.30pm Introduction: Aspirations and Realities for Living and Learning in the UK.
Ann Berrington, University of Southampton

1.30pm – 1:45pm Key Issues of Youth in Recession.
Andy Furlong, University of Glasgow

1:45pm – 2:15pm Ethnicity and Teenager’s Aspirations for College/Higher Education
Steve Roberts, University of Kent

2:15pm – 2:45pm Economic Precariousness and Young People’s Housing Transitions.
Ann Berrington, University of Southampton

2.45pm Tea/coffee

3.00pm – 3.30pm Young Adults and Housing in London.
Ben Corr, Greater London Authority

3.30pm – 4.30pm Panel Discussion:

Vidyha Alakeson (Resolution Foundation),
Julie Jefferies (Office for National Statistics),
Ben Corr (Greater London Authority),
Andy Furlong (University of Glasgow)

4.30pm Closing remarks

This event is co-hosted by the University of Southampton, the University of Kent and the BSA Youth Study Group.

About seancreighton1947

Since moving to Norbury in July 2011 I have been active on local economy, housing and environment issues with Croydon TUC and Croydon Assembly. I am a member of the Love Norbury Residents Associations Planning & Transport Committees, and Chair of Nobury Community Land Trust. I write for Croydon Citizen at I co-ordinate the Samuel Coleridge-Taylor and Croydon Radical History Networks and edit the North East Popular Politics database. History Project.. I give history talks and lead history walks. I retired in 2012 having worked in the community/voluntary sector and on heritage projects. My history interests include labour movement, mutuality, Black British, slavery & abolition, Edwardian roller skating and the social and political use of music and song. I have a particular interest in the histories of Battersea and Wandsworth, Croydon and Lambeth. I have a publishing imprint History & Social Action Publications.
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