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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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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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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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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 […]

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Inner North of Melbourne Young People and the Pandemic

Carmen’s Story

This post provides a link to a video where Carmen, a 15 year old young person who lives, works and studies across both Moreland and Yarra local government areas. Carmen shares their thoughts on schooling, the importance of their connection to the LGBT community and the role of public spaces and social groups across the inner north in her […]

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Inner North of Melbourne Young People and the Pandemic

Ash’s Story

This post provides a link to a video where Ash, a 24 year old young person who identifies as gender fluid, and whose pronouns are ‘they’ and ‘them’, talks about their life in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, and their anxieties, fears, hopes and aspirations about the future – for the rights of minority groups, the climate crisis, and their employment options.  […]

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Inner North of Melbourne Young People and the Pandemic

Connor’s Story

This post provides a link to a video where Connor, a 16 year old young man from Melbourne’s inner norther suburbs, talks about his life in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, and his anxieties, fears, hopes and aspirations about the future. For many of us, Connor comes across as ‘typical’ 16 year old young […]

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Inner North of Melbourne Young People and the Pandemic

Bella’s Story

This post provides a link to a video where Bella, a 15 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 – for the planet, her community, and herself. Bella is a young woman […]