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30 May 2018

Event to showcase research that is advancing understandings of the well-being of children and youth

To mark International Children's Day 2018, the School of Social Sciences is hosting a one-day internal event to showcase how University research is advancing understandings of 'the well-being of children and youth'.

Despite global initiatives to promote the well-being and enhance the rights of children and youth, young people and their families are often at the sharp edge of a variety of global challenges, from political and economic crises to environmental change.  

Addressing the challenges faced by young people and working in partnership with young people to enable them to enact their agencies, requires listening to the experiences of diverse young people within a context of transdisciplinary dialogue.  

With this in mind, the event intends to bring together scholars researching children, youth and families from diverse disciplinary perspectives from across the University in a context of respectful dialogue to present and debate scholarship in the field and forge new connections and collaborations. 

The day features a series of talks from a variety of Loughborough academics. Topics include: using drawings to explore pupils’ conceptions of health, segregation in schooling, youth transitions and an agenda for change.

There will also be the opportunity to network and discuss ideas with other attendees.

Event organiser Dr Louise Holt, a Reader in Human Geography, said: "Children and young people’s well-being is crucial to secure and resilient societies. 

“The well-being of children and youth is often jeopardised by changing societies and economies, differences and inequalities between young people, and health concerns.

“This event brings together scholarship from across the University to reflect upon how we can collectively work together and with children, youth and families, to address the big challenges facing the well-being of children and youth.”

The event, which is sponsored by the Secure and Resilient Societies Global Challenge, is open to academics, researchers, and students from across the University. 

Places are limited and can be booked by emailing