Sharing experiences of researching with young people. A European perspective.

This encounter has been organised to conclude the three-year national research project Rethinking Secondary School Success and Failure by Considering Young People’s Relationship with Knowledge (MICINN. EDU2008-03287. 2008-2011), carried out by members of the consolidated research group Contemporary Subjectivities and Educational Environments – Esbrina (2009SGR – 0503), of the University of Barcelona. This event is an opportunity for European researchers to come together and share their experiences of doing research with young people.

Placing emphasis on doing research with young people implies an epistemological, methodological and political stance. Our goal is to question the dominant position in social research, where a majority of studies speak for, our about, young people.

This seminar will serve as an opportunity for discussing what it means when young people become part of the research process, a collaboration that is conceived of as an exercise in emancipation and empowerment.

The seminar will be held in English (no translation services will be provided). Please note that attendance is per invitation only, so please contact us if you wish to attend:


09:00-09-30: Welcome and introduction to the Seminar. Juana Maria Sancho, ESBRINA coordinator.

09:30-11:00: Judging quality in inclusive research: urgent challenges and diverse voices. Melanie Nind. National Centre for Research Methods. University of Southampton.

11:00-11:30: Coffee break.

11:30-13:00: Researching with young people: biographical narratives and savoir experiences in secondary education. Fernando Hernández & Paulo Padilla Prety. Esbrina research group. University of Barcelona.

13:00-14:30: Lunch

14:30-16:00: A practice of concrete utopia: critical voices in research with young people.
Geoff Bright. Education and Social Research Institute, Manchester Metropolitan University.

16:00-16:30: Coffee break.

16:30-18:00: Counter-narratives and (dis)identification in narratives on careers – Inclusion, exclusion and resisting ethnic categorization in narratives on careers by young people with immigrant background in Sweden. Catarina Lundqvist. PhD, Researcher at CEIFO, University of Stockholm.

18:00-18:30: Seminar conclusive remarks. Juana Maria Sancho, Esbrina coordinator


Departament of Educational Managment. Edifici Llevant, Room 265 (Sala Júlia Espín). Campus Mundet, Passeig de la Vall d’Hebron, 171. University of Barcelona

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