Narrative, participatory methods and social transformation

Blog by Bella Wheeler On 16th November 2016, I attended a workshop organised by the University of East London Centre for Narrative Research at the Thomas Coram Research Unit, UCL Institute of Education in London. The workshop was hosted by Professor Michelle Fine, from City University of New York (see and Professor Jill Bradbury, … Continue reading Narrative, participatory methods and social transformation

Presenting PhD research

A few weeks ago I attended the Joint Social Work and Education Conference (JSWEC) 2016 at the Open University in Milton Keynes. I was there to present my PhD research recommendations and to join debates about the current challenges facing social work practice and education. It was an opportunity to reflect on the identity of … Continue reading Presenting PhD research

“If jobs mean maturity, not everyone gets to grow up”

On Saito Tamaki, Social Withdrawal—Adolescence Without End, reviewed by Max Fox in The New Inquiry, July 11, 2013A blog by Pam Thurschwell This is the most gripping article I’ve read in a long time:“In Japan in the early 1990s, a young psychiatrist named Saitō Tamaki began seeing patients with a cluster of strange symptoms. Actually, he … Continue reading “If jobs mean maturity, not everyone gets to grow up”

The Girls theatre production: some reflections from the audience

Back in October colleague Fidelma Hanrahan, from the Department of Psychology, contributed a post on her involvement with The Girls theatre production.  This was a powerful production about young people's social exclusion and much more, that a few of us from CIRCY, staff and students, had been to see in London. As such, we were … Continue reading The Girls theatre production: some reflections from the audience

Against the odds

by Sevasti-Melissa Nolas The last couple of Fridays my MA Childhood & Youth Studies (MACYS) students and I have been visiting the South London children’s charity Kids Company. The visits to the charity are part of the MA programme’s enrichment activities. Their Clinical Director also delivered one of the sessions on the Current Developments in … Continue reading Against the odds

The Girls theatre production

Our guest post today is by doctoral candidate Fidelma Hanrahan from the School of Psychology, University of Sussex. Together with my supervisor, Prof Robin Banerjee, at the School of Psychology, I have been carrying out research focused on investigating, and developing a better understanding of, pathways to disaffection in young people and how theatre and … Continue reading The Girls theatre production