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Youth Research Group

Unit(s) of assessment: Social Work and Social Policy

Research theme: Safety and Security of Citizens and Society

School: School of Social Sciences


The Youth Research group aims to offer an alternative voice for young people, a youth perspective through research. Making connections with professional bodies and working alongside NTU’s Youth Professional Practitioner Network, this group generates close-to-practice research. Generating opportunities for inter-disciplinary and cross-departmental collaboration, colleagues engage in dialogue and exchange around the position of youth in society. Thus enhancing research-informed teaching at NTU. The group aims to consolidate and showcase youth-focused research from the School of Social Sciences and wider across NTU, as well as supporting doctoral candidates with opportunities to share and develop their research.


NTU’s Professional Practitioner Network


Publications, PhD projects and research projects

The publications of Youth Research group members range from girl skateboarders to youth arts, from non-binary young people to mobile phone usage. Research projects include Youth Voice within Nottingham City’s carbon neutral plan and the RIP: Stars – a group of disabled young researchers. Doctoral supervision is undertaken by many of the group members and current PhD project include black young people’s romantic relationships, school exclusion and intersectionality and inclusion in youth work.


Brady, G., Franklin, A. and RIP: STARS Collective, 2023. ‘I am more than just my label’: Rights, fights, validation and negotiation. Exploring theoretical debates on childhood disability with disabled young people. Sociology of Health & Illness.

Brady, G., Toft, A., Alldred, P., Roesch, C., Gair, H, Raymond, E., Brown, G. and Paechter, C.  (2022). Transitioning from Child to Adult: Safeguarding Practice for Young People Who Have Experienced Child Sexual Exploitation SYSTEMATIC REVIEW. Funded by and reported to What Works for Children's Social Care, UK.

Cooper-Levitan, M. N., and Alldred, P. (2022). Gender-Related Violence in Young People’s Lives: UK Practitioners’ Concerns and Planned Interventions. Social Sciences 11: 535.

Franklin, A., Brady, G. and RIP:STARS Collective (2022) 'Voiceless' and 'Vulnerable': challenging how disabled children and young people were portrayed and treated during the COVID 19 pandemic in the UK and a Call for Action in Turok-Squire, R (Ed) Children's Experience, Participation and Rights During COVID-19. Palgrave Macmillan.

Gee, R. (2022). Compelled by an Emotional Economy of Care: Explorations of the Youth Justice Student ‘Career.’ Youth Justice, 0(0).

Green, B., Bennett, A., Guerra, P., Howard, F., Oliveira, A., Sousa, S. and Sofija, E., 2022. How live is live?: COVID-19, live music, and online performances. In Remaking Culture and Music Spaces (pp. 34-46). Routledge.

Howard, F., 2022. Global perspectives on youth arts programs: How and why the arts can make a difference. Policy Press.

Howard, F., 2022. Using and abusing the arts with ‘at-risk’ youth. Journal of Applied Youth Studies, 5(2), pp.101-116.

McGimpsey, I., Rousell, D. and Howard, F., 2023. A double bind: youth activism, climate change, and education. Educational Review, 75(1), pp.1-8.

Ocran, B. E. and Alldred, P. (2023) Community Attitudes Towards Condom Use and Unintended Pregnancies under Dual Modes of Sex Education in Ghana. Research Square.

Paechter, C., Stoodley, L., Keenan, M. and Lawton, C. ‘What’s it like to be a girl skateboarder? Identity, participation and exclusion for young women in skateboarding spaces and communities’. Women’s Studies International Forum, 96: January-February, 2023.

Paechter, C. Toft, A. and Carlile, A. Non-binary young people and schools: pedagogical insights from a small-scale interview study. Pedagogy, Culture and Society 29:5 , 695-731,2021.

Paechter, C. The rights and interests of trans and intersex children: considerations, conflicts and implications in relation to the UNCRC. Journal of Gender Studies 30:7, 844-854, 2021.

Simpson, J.E. (2023) ‘Me and My Mobile’ Research Project. The Advancement of Social Work: Studies in Social Work to mark the fiftieth anniversary of the Social Workers’ Educational Trust 1972-2022.Pitcher, D. and Burke, B. (eds.) British Association of Social Workers. Birmingham. pp.69-81

Stjerna, M.L. and Brady, G., 2023. Inter-embodied parental vigilance; the case of child food allergy. Frontiers in Sociology, 8, p.1213769.

Sundaram, V., Arun Kumar, S. and Alldred, P. (2023) It’s #About Time: A Whole School Approach to Ending Violence Against Women and Girls, End Violence Against Women Coalition, UK.

Research projects

Professor Geraldine Brady: RIP: Stars – disabled young researchers group. Funded by Big Lottery/DRILL, the young researchers developed a framework for practice based on their findings to ensure that quality and rights underpin the development and review of EHCP’s. The RIP: Stars were also called to give evidence to Parliament during the Government’s Special Educational Needs and Disability Inquiry.

Professor Matt Henn: Citizens, environmental sustainability and local democracy: Putting people’s voices at the centre of Nottingham’s Carbon Neutral 2028 Action Plan.

Professor Matt Henn: Young people and citizenship education: The Impact of studying for the GCSE Citizenship Studies on young people’s democratic engagement and participation.

Dr Frances Howard: Youth Arts International research exchange with Aalborg University, Denmark.

PhD projects

Charlie Porter-Baker: How do intersecting identities hinder and facilitate inclusion in youth work?

Rebecca Ciarla: Community Cohesion and Wellbeing: Evaluation of an Activity Village.

Stephanie King: An exploration of school exclusion.

Paulette Sawyers: Exploring black young people’s romantic relationships through their use of contemporary slang.