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Youth work responding to social, political and digital challenges

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Wednesday, 9 December 2020  •  11:15 AM  •  Workshop room 18

Youth work needs to respond to various social, political, cultural and technological challenges and transformations which impact on the lives of young people, including digital transformation. The question is: How can the strategic development of youth work be strengthened and which concrete measures and approaches are needed to anticipate and to master current and upcoming transformations? And how can youth workers be equipped and prepared to manage such processes?

Suvi Tuominen

Tuominen has wide expertise in digitalisation, young people and youth work. She has managed Verke since 2014 and previously she managed the Finnish Safer Internet Centre. Tuominen was the Finnish representative in the EU expert group for digitalisation and youth. Twitter @suvimt @verkeorg

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Prof. Dr. Christian Spatschek

Starting with degrees in social work and pedagogy, I was working in Open Youth Work and Child and Youth Welfare. After my PhD in social pedagogy on Youth Work and youth cultures, I started an academic career as a Professor of Theories and Methods of Social Work at Hochschule Bremen, City University of Applied Sciences. Beyond this, I am a Visiting Scholar at Lund University, Sweden, and a Visiting Professor at Pisa University, Italy. My main interests in research and development are theories and methods of social work and social pedagogy, especially spatial and systemic approaches, youth work and youth policy as well as international social work and social development. In youth work, I am especially interested in the combination of innovation, justice and sustainability and in the history of youth work in Europe.

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