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Geelong Young People, Difference, Diversity and Inclusion

Young People’s Voices and Participation and the Beginnings of ‘Co-Design’

Introduction In their recent book – Youth rising?: The politics of youth in the global economy – Mayssoun Sukarieh and Stuart Tannock (2014, p. 143) reflect on the problematic character of young people’s voices and participation in movements against such things as the climate crisis, war, and racism, and their encounters with the institutionalised promise […]

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Geelong Young People and the Pandemic

Young People’s Mental Health and Well-being in the Pandemic

What are we talking about and how does it connect to aspiration? Introduction COVID-19 (45.7%), the environment (38.0%) and equity and discrimination (35.4%) topped the key issues in 2021 that young people feel Australia must address. “These responses are given in the context of a crescendo of public dialogue accompanying national and international events such […]

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Aspiration and Young People’s Sense of their Futures in the Time of COVID

The Capacity to Aspire, and the ‘Moral’ Obligation to be Aspirational Introduction I am not saying that the poor cannot wish, want, need, plan, or aspire. But part of poverty is a diminishing of the circumstances in which these practices occur. If the map of aspirations…is seen to consist of a dense combination of nodes […]

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Introduction: Young People’s Aspirations, Health and Well-being and Voices in Geelong During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Aspiration: a hope or ambition of achieving something.  (Oxford Languages Dictionaries) In a series of blogs we will provide an outline of three of the key themes that have emerged during the first year (2021) of a three (3) year project that we are conducting in Geelong, Victoria’s (AUSTRALIA) second largest city. The project, which […]

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Inner North of Melbourne Young People and the Pandemic

COVID-19 and young people’s ‘Future Presents’: lockdown stories from the Anthropocene

Our new journal article – COVID-19 and young people’s ‘Future Presents’: lockdown stories from the Anthropocene – has been published in the Journal of Youth Studies. In this paper, we (Peter Kelly, Seth Brown and James Goring) draw on the outcomes of a place-based scenario planning project in Melbourne’s (AUSTRALIA) inner northern suburbs that was […]

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Young People and the Climate Crisis

School Strikes for Climate: Young People, Dissent and Collective Identities in/for the Anthropocene

Our new book chapter – School strikes for climate: Young people, dissent and collective identities in/for the Anthropocene – has just been published. In this chapter – in an edited collection titled Youth Collectivities: Cultures and Objects – James Goring, Meave Noonan and I engage with the emergence of the School Strikes for Climate (SS4C) youth collective that continues to […]

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Geelong Young People and the Pandemic

COVID, Lockdowns and Young People’s Mental Health and Well-being: A Perspective From Geelong

The Challenge The COVID-19 pandemic is a public health crisis that has mostly impacted the physical health of older people, and people with underlying health concerns. Which is not to say that the health impacts of COVID are not also significant for a number of young people. However, the series of lockdowns that Melbourne and […]

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Young People as Biocultural Creatures: Re-imagining Sociologies of Young People’s Well-being

With my colleagues Seth Brown and James Goring I am developing a chapter  – Being young’, ‘living well’, in/beyond the pandemic: Exploring the entanglements between COVID-19, the Anthropocene and young people’s wellbeing – for an edited collection to be published in 2022 titled, Wellbeing: Global Policies and Perspectives Using the stories of three young people […]

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Young People and the Climate Crisis Young People and the Sustainable Development Goals

Blah, Blah, Blah: Young People, the Climate Crisis, Hope and the ‘Dithering’ of Adults

In a recent article in The Guardian, Damian Carrington (2021) presents a number of extracts from a speech by Greta Thunberg to the Youth4Climate summit in Milan, Italy, on Tuesday September 28, 2021 – a speech that was timed in relation to the upcoming COP 26 meeting in Glasgow, Scotland.  Greta’s targets in the speech […]

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Inner North of Melbourne Young People and the Pandemic

Rosie’s Story

This post provides a link to a video where Rosie, an 18 year old young woman from Melbourne’s inner norther suburbs, talks about her life in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, and her anxieties, fears, hopes and aspirations about the future.  Rosie is a young person who is articulate and passionate about politics, her education, and social justice. She has acted as a leader in televised discussions about the impacts […]