Historical & Contemporary Issues in European Youth Policy

Youth Research Centre Seminar Series 2018

In this seminar, Professor Williamson will canvas 30 years of youth policy evolution and youth work development in Europe.  Within this historical and contemporary analysis, special emphasis will be given to the emergence of the idea of ‘youth policy’ at a European (European Union and Council of Europe) level. Professor Williamson will provide a detailed account of the various stepping stones that have been established along the way, and some of the more critical perspectives on these developments that have been advanced in youth research; particularly the exacerbation of the youth divide despite the rhetoric of participation, rights and social inclusion. Professor Williamson brings to this seminar more than three decades of experience on European Youth Policy and practice.

Professor Howard Williamson

Professor Howard Williamson is professor of European Youth Policy at the University of South Wales, UK. He has published well over a hundred papers on youth issues and has spoken at more than 800 national and international conferences. Professor Williamson is the author of Five Years (National Youth Bureau 1981), an ethnography of teenage offenders, and The Milltown Boys Revisited (Berg 2004), a follow-up of the teenage offenders at the age of 40. More recent publications include Supporting Young People in Europe Vol 3 (Council of Europe Publishing 2017) and the series on The History of Youth Work in Europe (Council of Europe Publishing 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2016 and 2018 (forthcoming). He has written youth policy for several European countries, including Norway, Greece, Serbia and Albania. He is on the editorial board of the most prestigious youth research journals in Europe and is also a member of the international advisory group for the DfES-funded longitudinal study of young people.