The Challenges of YPAR in Youth Justice Systems: A Public Talk by Dr. Hannah Smithson

MASCLab is very excited to host a public talk on participatory research and youth justice by Dr. Hannah Smithson on September 24th! It will take place from 3:00-4:30PM in Horace Mann Hall, Room 138 on Teachers College’s campus. Read on to find out a bit more about our speaker and her transformative work in the field of youth justice.

A bit about Hannah Smithson:

Dr. Hannah Smithson is the Director of the Manchester Centre for Youth Studies at Manchester Metropolitan University, which is committed to developing research and methods that encourage young people’s participation in the research process. She has worked in the field of criminology for over 15 years. She works collaboratively with a host of local, national and international communities/stakeholders. She has directed projects funded by the Youth Justice Board, Economic and Social Research Council, Arts and Humanities Research Council, local authorities, police forces and charities.

Her research has been instrumental in shaping agendas in research and policy across three interconnected areas: Youth Justice, Youth Gangs, and Community Safety and Crime prevention. Young people’s participation is at the heart of the research Hannah carries out and she is committed to developing research methods that enable this.

Hannah joined MMU in 2009, having previously worked at the Applied Criminology Centre, University of Huddersfield and teaches on the Sociology/Criminology Programme in areas around youth justice and youth gangs.

Hannah is also the co-convenor of the innovative Greater Manchester Youth Justice Youth University Partnership (GMYJUP), involving the YJB and each of the 10 Greater Manchester Youth Offending Services (YOS).

She was the joint Editor in Chief of the Safer Communities Journal (Emerald Publishing) and sits on the Editorial Board for the Journal of Youth Studies.

If you’d like to read some of her work, here are a few places to start!

P. Gray, H. Smithson, R. McHugh, G. Smyth (2018). ‘There’s Not Going to Be a Single Solution’: The Role of Resettlement Consortia in Improving the Resettlement Outcomes of Young People Leaving Custody. Youth Justice. 18(1), pp.67-81.

HL. Smithson, A. Shazhadi, R. McHugh, S. Arun (2017). Society does treat me differently and that is a shame’: understandings and feelings of Britishness amongst visibly observant young Muslims. Journal of Youth Studies. 21(5), pp.607-617.

H. Smithson (2015). The Gang & Beyond: Interpreting Violent Street Worlds. By Simon Hallsworth (London, UK: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013, 209pp. £79.00 hb, £25.99 pb). British Journal of Criminology. 55(2), pp.421-423.

You can also follow her on Twitter @HannahLSmithson and you can follow MCYS at @mcys_mmu

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