Published May 3, 2018 | Version v1
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Partispace_working_paper: Young people's participation: learning from action research in eight European cities

  • 1. Senior Research Fellow at the University of Huddersfield
  • 2. Director of the Centre for Applied Childhood Youth and Family Research, University of Huddersfield. Previously worked with the SOLAR (Social and Organisational Learning as Action Research) Action research centre in Bristol.
  • 3. Professor of Childhood and Youth Research and Co-Director of The Centre for Children and Young People's Participation, University of Central Lancashire
  • 4. PhD in Childhood Studies, lecturer and researcher at the Department of Social Work, University of Gothenburg.
  • 5. PhD in Social Work, University of Gothenburg
  • 6. Associate professor in social work


Aiming at contributing to a better understanding of the current developments, paradoxes and ways to deal with youth political participation in Europe, the main research question of the PARTISPACE project is:

How and where do 15- to 30 year-old young people participate differently across social milieus and youth cultural scenes and across eight European cities (framed by different national welfare, education and youth policies)?

As part of a proper work package (see Partispace proposal), Action research have been conducted in order to involve young people in local, city-based action research (AR) projects by encouraging and assisting them in carrying out their own research, developing ‘products’, and co-analysing findings.

In relation to this research question, this report was intended to evaluate action research processes and methods though the 18 action research project conducted during the Partispace study.


PARTISPACE_Young peoples participation learning from action research in eight European cities_zenodo.pdf

Additional details


PARTISPACE – Spaces and Styles of Participation. Formal, non-formal and informal possibilities of young people’s participation in European cities. 649416
European Commission