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Youth futures under construction

orcid-imageAnna Barfordemail-imageAnna Barford

Anna is the Principal Investigator of the ‘Peak Youth, Climate Change and the Role of Young People in Seizing their Future’ research project. During this project she was a Prince of Wales Fellow in Global Sustainability at the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership. Anna now works at the International Labour Organization, while holding a Bye Fellowship in Geography at Murray Edwards College, University of Cambridge. She is an Advisor to Business Fights Poverty and an Associate of the Young Lives project.

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Abstract

The articles presented here engage with some of the multifaceted and intersecting challenges faced by young people today – these include conflict, insecurity, limited government support, deep-set gender discrimination, climate change, infectious disease and a widespread lack of decent jobs. While recognising the structural influences on young people’s circumstances, the articles gathered here bring young people’s perspectives, experiences and actions to the fore. With an eye on the future, and a sense of the past, this collection is situated in the present. Most of the research presented here stems from the British Academy’s Youth Futures research funding scheme. The results showcased here remind us how the present matters in and of itself, while influenced by the past and playing a key role in shaping the future. Thus there is a triple significance to understanding young people’s challenges: they matter for today and for how they impact tomorrow, and will be best understood with reference to the past.

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young peopleparticipationconflictdiscriminationclimate changeemployment
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Published on: 2 November 2023
Volume: 11
Issue: Supplementary issue 3
Article ID: 003
Pages:3 - 16
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Barford (2023), ' Youth futures under construction ', Journal of the British Academy, 11(Supplementary issue 3): 003 https://doi.org/10.5871/jba/011s3.003

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Youth futures under construction

orcid-imageAnna Barfordemail-imageAnna Barford

Anna is the Principal Investigator of the ‘Peak Youth, Climate Change and the Role of Young People in Seizing their Future’ research project. During this project she was a Prince of Wales Fellow in Global Sustainability at the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership. Anna now works at the International Labour Organization, while holding a Bye Fellowship in Geography at Murray Edwards College, University of Cambridge. She is an Advisor to Business Fights Poverty and an Associate of the Young Lives project.

email-image Ab423@cam.ac.uk