Creating
new spaces

Increasing research and knowledge of youth work

Strengthening the community
Wednesday, 9 December 2020  •  02:15 PM  •  Workshop room 12

The need for evidence-based youth policy and youth work practice is largely acknowledged, but knowledge of youth work and youth work research still remains expandable. Which ideas and concepts exist for an enhanced exchange between policy, practice and research, for a research agenda on the youth work sector, and which forms of networking are needed?

Dr. Tomi Kiilakoski

Tomi Kiilakoski, PhD, is a leading Senior Researcher in the Finnish Youth Research Network and Adjunct Professor at Tampere University. I have been researching youth work for over ten years. I have been trying to develop practice-based research, which means working closely with youth workers in coming up with questions, finding answers and developing different methodologies. Besides youth work I have studied youth participation, educational policy, cultural philosophy and critical pedagogy. I have authored 10 books in both Finnish and English on youth work, the school as seen by the young, and critical pedagogy. Currently I am studying climate activism of the young and school-based youth work. I engage actively in promoting participation in and the development of youth work and educational policy at the local and state levels in Finland.

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Dr. Giulia Paolini

Giulia authors reports on youth related topics, including youth work, social inclusion, use of digital media and employment. She coordinates the Youth Wiki, the web platform providing information on national youth policies (including on youth work) from 33 European countries.

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