Young People in Britain Today: Diverging Trajectories of Engagement, Careers, and Well-Being

We would like to invite you to a two day conference hosted by LLAKESNuffield Foundation, and the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). 

The transition to adulthood is a critical period. Young people start to drift apart in their educational careers, norms and values and life experiences more generally.

This conference examines how these diverging trajectories are expressed and what processes and social structures influence them.

We’ll explore inequalities in careers, well-being and political engagement with a focus on developments in the United Kingdom and discuss the role of the education system and policy responses to the COVID-19 pandemic in amplifying or mitigating these inequalities.

Date and Time:
Thursday 15th September, 09:30-16:45
Friday 16th September, 09:30-16:30

Location: Woburn House Conference Centre, Tavistock Square, London, WC1H 9HQ


Thursday 15 September

Day 1: The Youth Economic Activity and Health Monitor

10:00-10:15 Welcome and Opening (Prof Brad Blitz, UCL) 
10:15-11:15Keynote (Prof Ingrid Schoon, UCL)
11:15-11:30  Coffee Break
Session 1: Youth employment policy interventions: The view from practitioners and young people (Dr Rachel Wilde, UCL)
13:30-14:30 Session 2: Career worries, well-being, and future expectations (Dr Hans Dietrich, IAB)
14:30-15:30Session 3: The value of career development activities (Dr Golo Henseke, UCL)
15:30-15:45Coffee Break
15:45-16:45  Discussion Panel: Resilience and recovery towards meaningful work

Friday 16 September

Day 2: Political engagement

09:40-09:45Introducing the Nuffield funded project on social inequalities in political engagement  
09:45-11:15Session 1: Emerging social gaps in political engagement (Germ Janmaat, UCL IOE and Kaat Smets, Royal Holloway)  
11:15-11:30Coffee Break  
11:30-13:00Session 2: The widening gender gap in political interest (provisional presenters: Nicola Pensiero and Gemma Albacete
14:30-15:30Session 3: The school’s role in influencing the social gap in political interest (Bryony Hoskins, University of Roehampton and Robin Le Brun)  
15:30-15:45Coffee Break  
15:45-16:30  Discussion Panel:
What can schools do to reduce growing social, ethnic and gender gaps? Liz Moorse (ACT), Michelle Codrington-Rogers (Teacher), Hans Svennevig (UCL IOE), Matteo (Shout-Out)