International Symposium Researching Young Lives

The body of knowledge on young people entering adulthood remains fragmented and requires systematization. There is insufficient data about social behaviors, personal and professional experiences, and life choices of young people. Therefore, we need more studies to understand these matters better. The International Symposium Researching Young Lives aims to provide practical information about tools for researching behaviors of young people entering adulthood.

Where: University SWPS, Warsaw, conference room on the fourth floor
When: Friday, 21 October 2016


The symposium will focus on presenting tools useful in researching the markers of adult behaviors, such as moving out of the family home, achieving financial independence, setting up own household, having the first child, and securing the first job. These events take place in a changing social environment and in various contexts, including peer groups, local community, and internet based media (such as newspapers, television, social platforms, blogs, etc.).


The symposium is addressed to researchers interested in interdisciplinary research on youth behaviors. The participants and presenters include academics from University of Leeds, University College London in the U.K. and from SWPS University. The symposium links to the “Besties and Migration” research project conducted by Youth Research LAB under the leadership of Associate Professor Izabela Grabowska.

10.00 Welcome coffee & tea
10.00-10.30 Opening by Rector of SWPS University of Social Sciences and Humanities Professor Roman Cieślak and Head of Youth Research LAB Professor Izabela Grabowska

Panel 1. 10.30 – 12.45 Longitudinal studies and researching young lives
Paper on Qualitative Longitudinal Studies and young lives by Professor Bren Neale, Emeritus Professor of Leeds University, leader of Timescapes Programme (40 min.)
Paper on Quantitative Longitudinal Studies and youth by POLPAN representative by Dr. Anna Kiersztyn, Polish Academy of Sciences (20 min.)
Paper on Researching school peer-groups, youth exclusion & inclusion with psychological approach by Dr. Małgorzata Wójcik, SWPS University, Psychology Department in Katowice and Youth Research LAB (20 min.)
Paper Mapping the QLS in peer-groups and migration by Professor Izabela Grabowska and team, SWPS University and Youth Research Lab (30 min.)

12.45-13.30 Lunch

Panel 2. 13.30-17.00 Researching youth and migration in local communities
Paper on Young migrants and local communities by Professor Anne White, School of Slavonic and Eastern European Studies, University College London (30 min.)
Paper on Local communities and migration in transnational multisited Qualitative Longitudinal Study by Agnieszka Radziwinowiczówna, Centre of Migration Research, University of Warsaw (30 min.)
Discussion (30 min.)

15.00-15.30 Coffee break

15.30-17.00 Presentation of the on-going project on Peer-groups and migration in selected local communities by Dr. Paula Pustułka, Justyna Sarnowska, Dr. Natalia Juchniewicz, Marta Buler, SWPS University and Youth Research LAB (45 min.)
Discussion (45 min.)

17.00-18.00 Methodological roundtable on researching young lives (all speakers)


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