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Young people’s involvement in migration research – opportunities for (re)shaping research priorities and practices

Grace SpencerGrace Spencer

Grace Spencer is an Associate Professor in Young People, Health and Social Equity at the Faculty of Health, Education, Medicine and Social Care, Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge, UK. Her programme of research focuses on young people’s health and migration practices, empowerment and risk in contexts of vulnerability. She is recognised internationally for her contribution to the ethical and methodological complexities of conducting research with young people.

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Jill ThompsonJill Thompson

Jill Thompson is a Senior Lecturer in Global Health and Wellbeing at the University of Sheffield. She has a social scientist background with expertise in ethnography and participatory methods. Her work is increasingly focused on the health experiences of children and young people in national and international contexts. She is a member of the editorial board for the BMC Global Public Health Journal.

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Fanny Froehlich§Fanny Froehlich§§

Fanny Froehlich is a Youth Co-Researcher at the Faculty of Health, Education Medicine and Social Care, Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge, UK. Fanny holds a PhD in Development Planning from University College London, UK, with a specialisation in gender and international development. Her research focuses on transnational and local concepts of gender and social transformation in international development work, specifically in Ghana.

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Divine AsafoDivine Asafo

Divine Asafo is a Human Geography Lecturer at the University of Hull. His research focuses on urban/peri-urban development and change in Africa, peri-urban land politics, housing, and urban vulnerabilities. He is also the Deputy Director of the White Rose Doctoral Training Programmes’ CDD Pathway at the University of Hull.

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Michael Tetteh Doku**Michael Tetteh Doku****

Michael Tetteh Doku is a Digital Communications and Advocacy Specialist who works with a non-profit organisation Children and Youth in Broadcasting (Curious Minds) in Ghana. He has a decade-long experience volunteering, advocating, and working on children’s rights, meaningful youth participation, gender equity, water, sanitation and hygiene, young people’s development, SRHR, digital health, and climate change.

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George Asiamah††George Asiamah††††

George Asiamah is a PhD researcher at the Grantham Centre for Sustainable Futures at the University of Sheffield. His research interests are in local economic development, public policy and sustainable livelihoods. George co-founded the Centre for Sustainability Education and Economic Development – a non-profit organisation focusing on empowering rural communities to address sustainability challenges in Ghana.

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Jemima Mornuu‡‡Jemima Mornuu‡‡‡‡

Jemima Mornuu is a youth development advocate with expertise in areas such as Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights (SRHR), the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (SGBV) and women’s empowerment. She is a volunteer with, and presenter for Curious Minds. She advocates for the inclusion of young people in decision-making processes and views them as drivers of positive societal change.

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Amidatu Kassim§§Amidatu Kassim§§§§

Amidatu Kassim is a dedicated youth advocate in Ghana. Her work aims to influence policy through her development advocacy initiatives at Curious Minds Ghana. She is committed to empowering young people as part of the Ignite Change Initiative, while her role as a social innovator and blogger amplifies the voices of Ghana’s youth for positive change.

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Stephen Owusu Kwankye¶¶Stephen Owusu Kwankye¶¶¶¶

Stephen O. Kwankye is an Associate Professor of the Regional Institute for Population Studies (RIPS) at the University of Ghana, Legon. He holds a PhD in Population Studies with research interests and specialisation in adolescent sexual and reproductive health issues and independent child and youth migration in Ghana with several publications.

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Ernestina Dankyi***Ernestina Dankyi******

Ernestina Dankyi is a Senior Research Fellow, Centre for Social Policy Studies, University of Ghana. Her research focuses on diverse groups of children and young people affected by both migration, including the mental health experiences of street children in Ghana. Inspired by ecological systems theory, her current research focuses on the interaction between the macro structures of care and the immediate settings within with children and young people find themselves.

Abstract

Young people are frequently involved in research about their own lives and their contributions to the shaping of research priorities increasingly valued. Recently, young people’s participation in research has been extended to advisory group roles including supporting the planning, design and delivery of projects. Such involvement marks an important shift towards valuing young people’s views on how research should be conducted and is often required as part of research funding processes. In this article, we explore the value and contribution of young people’s involvement in a research project focusing on the livelihoods of young migrants in Ghana and the related possibilities for empowerment. Our collaborations remind us of the pitfalls of working from an adult centric lens, and how this may inadvertently contribute to the reproduction of adult ways of understanding young lives. Here, our project Young Person Advisory Group members share their experiences of being youth advisors – highlighting both challenges and opportunities for young people’s meaningful involvement in research.

Keywords

young peopleparticipationYoung Person Advisory Groupempowermentmigrantsyouth advisors
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Published on: 2 November 2023
Volume: 11
Issue: Supplementary issue 3
Article ID: 043
Pages:43 - 67
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Spencer with Thompson, Froehlich, Asafo, Doku, Asiamah, Mornuu, Kassim, Kwankye, Dankyi (2023), ' Young people’s involvement in migration research – opportunities for (re)shaping research priorities and practices ', Journal of the British Academy, 11(Supplementary issue 3): 043 https://doi.org/10.5871/jba/011s3.043

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Grace Spencer is an Associate Professor in Young People, Health and Social Equity at the Faculty of Health, Education, Medicine and Social Care, Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge, UK. Her programme of research focuses on young people’s health and migration practices, empowerment and risk in contexts of vulnerability. She is recognised internationally for her contribution to the ethical and methodological complexities of conducting research with young people.

,
Jill ThompsonJill Thompson

Jill Thompson is a Senior Lecturer in Global Health and Wellbeing at the University of Sheffield. She has a social scientist background with expertise in ethnography and participatory methods. Her work is increasingly focused on the health experiences of children and young people in national and international contexts. She is a member of the editorial board for the BMC Global Public Health Journal.

,
Fanny Froehlich§Fanny Froehlich§§

Fanny Froehlich is a Youth Co-Researcher at the Faculty of Health, Education Medicine and Social Care, Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge, UK. Fanny holds a PhD in Development Planning from University College London, UK, with a specialisation in gender and international development. Her research focuses on transnational and local concepts of gender and social transformation in international development work, specifically in Ghana.

,
Divine AsafoDivine Asafo

Divine Asafo is a Human Geography Lecturer at the University of Hull. His research focuses on urban/peri-urban development and change in Africa, peri-urban land politics, housing, and urban vulnerabilities. He is also the Deputy Director of the White Rose Doctoral Training Programmes’ CDD Pathway at the University of Hull.

,
Michael Tetteh Doku**Michael Tetteh Doku****

Michael Tetteh Doku is a Digital Communications and Advocacy Specialist who works with a non-profit organisation Children and Youth in Broadcasting (Curious Minds) in Ghana. He has a decade-long experience volunteering, advocating, and working on children’s rights, meaningful youth participation, gender equity, water, sanitation and hygiene, young people’s development, SRHR, digital health, and climate change.

,
George Asiamah††George Asiamah††††

George Asiamah is a PhD researcher at the Grantham Centre for Sustainable Futures at the University of Sheffield. His research interests are in local economic development, public policy and sustainable livelihoods. George co-founded the Centre for Sustainability Education and Economic Development – a non-profit organisation focusing on empowering rural communities to address sustainability challenges in Ghana.

,
Jemima Mornuu‡‡Jemima Mornuu‡‡‡‡

Jemima Mornuu is a youth development advocate with expertise in areas such as Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights (SRHR), the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (SGBV) and women’s empowerment. She is a volunteer with, and presenter for Curious Minds. She advocates for the inclusion of young people in decision-making processes and views them as drivers of positive societal change.

,
Amidatu Kassim§§Amidatu Kassim§§§§

Amidatu Kassim is a dedicated youth advocate in Ghana. Her work aims to influence policy through her development advocacy initiatives at Curious Minds Ghana. She is committed to empowering young people as part of the Ignite Change Initiative, while her role as a social innovator and blogger amplifies the voices of Ghana’s youth for positive change.

,
Stephen Owusu Kwankye¶¶Stephen Owusu Kwankye¶¶¶¶

Stephen O. Kwankye is an Associate Professor of the Regional Institute for Population Studies (RIPS) at the University of Ghana, Legon. He holds a PhD in Population Studies with research interests and specialisation in adolescent sexual and reproductive health issues and independent child and youth migration in Ghana with several publications.

,
Ernestina Dankyi***Ernestina Dankyi******

Ernestina Dankyi is a Senior Research Fellow, Centre for Social Policy Studies, University of Ghana. Her research focuses on diverse groups of children and young people affected by both migration, including the mental health experiences of street children in Ghana. Inspired by ecological systems theory, her current research focuses on the interaction between the macro structures of care and the immediate settings within with children and young people find themselves.