Youth Transitions provides access to our research with children and youth growing up in contexts of conflict and poverty. Focusing initially on young people who are refugees, the research made available on this site aims to highlight the challenges and the strategies of youth as they create adult lives in difficult environments.
Our projects are participatory, involving young people as both investigators and contributors in the research process. This recognises that young people are experts on their own lives and have a unique perspective on the experiences of growing up.
Our research has been undertaken to improve understanding of the lives of young people to inform policy and programming at city, national and international levels. Including the voices of children and youth in exploring the everyday experiences of growing up is intended to lead to better support and services for children and youth as they become young adults.
This research is commissioned by the UK Government – Department for International Development (DFID) and delivered by a research team co-ordinated through the University of Dundee. The research is intended to inform the policy and programming of the UK government and other governments and international donor organisations providing services for refugee youth.
Lorraine van Blerk is Professor of Human Geography at the University of Dundee. Lorraine’s research takes place at the intersection of social and development geography and she has published widely on issues of social (in)justice and (in)equality in the lives of children and youth growing up in difficult circumstances. She is currently working on several funded projects across Africa and the Middle East that explore different aspects of youth transitions to adulthood.
Wayne Shand is an independent consultant specialising in urban development issues and an honorary research fellow at the University of Manchester’s Global Development Institute. Wayne has a professional background in economic development and urban renewal and has worked on research projects in African cities the Middle East and with IIED on urban finance and Cities Alliance. Wayne has a PhD in Development Policy and Management from the University of Manchester.
Laura Prazeres is a geographer and postdoctoral researcher. As part of this project, she has conducted participatory research with young refugees in Uganda and Jordan. Through field work in various locations (i.e. urban, rural and camp), she facilitated data collection for the story mapping activity between the Youth Researchers (YRs) and fellow youth refugees. Laura designed and created the story map for this project using the videos, photographs, drawings and stories collected during this participatory activity. Laura has a PhD in Geography from Royal Holloway, University of London.
Janine Hunter is a researcher at the University of Dundee. Janine has worked on Growing up on the Streets (2013-19) and Growing up in Protracted Crises: the impact on youth and their transitions to adulthood in urban Africa (2016-17). Her role involves managing, coding and contributing to the analysis of qualitative and quantitative data, including interviews, focus groups and surveys using in NVivo, SPSS and Excel. In May 2017 Janine worked with street youth in Accra to create an online story map (web app) about their lives.
The research was delivered with support of leading NGOs in Uganda and Jordan who co-ordinated in-country data gathering and managed the relationships with project Youth Researchers.
Uganda Youth Development Link (UYDEL) in Uganda
Information and Resource Centre, King Hussein Foundation (IRCKHF) in Jordan