Professor Mary O'Sullivan, Dean of the Faculty of Education and Health Sciences, Eimear Enright, PEPAYS, Professor Madeleine Leonard, Queens University Belfast, Dr. Hayley Fitzgerald, Leeds Metropolitan, Dr. Cliona Barnes, ISKS/Dept. of Sociology UL, Dr. Anoop Nayak, Newcastle University, Dr. Maria O'Dwyer, ISKS/Dept. of Sociology UL
Researching Young Lives at the University of Limerick
On Friday, April 30th University of Limerick hosted an inter-disciplinary conference that focused on young people and their participation in research about their own lives. Prolific keynote speakers Professor Madeleine Leonard (Queens), Dr. Anoop Nayak (Newcastle) and Dr. Hayley Fitzgerald (Leeds Metropolitan) led the conference, ensuring that 'Researching Young Lives' generated critical and challenging debate.
Addressing key issues of power and representation, lively panel discussions explored young people's identities, their educational experiences, their health, their physical activities and physical education, and illustrated the creative approaches needed to research these areas effectively and equitably. The conference also focused on researching for change, to ensure that young people themselves have a strategic role in the production of knowledge about their lives.
The event was a collaboration between two prominent research centres here at UL - the Institute for the Study of Knowledge in Society and the PE-PAYS (Physical Education, Physical Activity and Youth Sport) Research Centre. It was funded by the Irish Social Sciences Platform (ISSP) and organisers from the University of Limerick - Dr. Cliona Barnes, Eimear Enright and Dr. Maria O'Dwyer -were joined by a plethora of national and international academic colleagues.
'Researching Young Lives' succeeded in its objective of imparting to researchers the desire and ability to provide young men and women with a newly audible voice, as well as bringing together a network of like-minded research academics.