‘We’re young migrants and you’re calling us criminal?’

I supported some amazing young people from the Brighter Futures project to challenge the perception around young migrants and refugees. Check it out on Metro.co.uk It’s hard being a young migrant. It’s very hard. ‘Criminal! Criminal!’ They keep calling us criminals. We are young people not born in Britain. We have escaped all sorts of…

Precarious Generation – my book is out

The political economy in which young people grew up from the early 1980s was profoundly shaped by policy and political decisions made by previous generations. And for too many young people, this hasn’t been great. If you’re an academic sort, you might like our book.

Thinking allowed

One of my fav Radio 4 shows, Thinking Allowed, got in touch and asked if I would do a thing with them about my research. Then they played Bob Dylan. I am too young to understand why, but maybe other people get it.    

Children’s voices in the housing debate

“I cry everyday, and I have dreams of me having a house, and sometimes, when I’m in the toilet of my school, I cry. I don’t like living in a flat. No one likes living in a flat. I lived in a hostel when I was little, and now I’m living in a flat. What’s my…

Young people’s increasingly complex labour market histories

‘By any standards, today’s generation of young people are the most qualified they have ever been. And … research suggests that relative to the labour market opportunities available to them, young people are actually excessively ambitious. What appears to be emerging is a mismatch between the qualifications, aspirations and skills of young people and the…

The Living Wage and young workers

‘The introduction of the national living wage (which young people were exempt from) has symbolically detached young workers from the entitlements afforded their older colleagues, and … added another rung to the ladder that must be scaled in order to achieve financial security and independence’ Something I wrote for the Guardian about young people and their…

Whose the blame for poverty?

[Geek alert]. My academic piece about child poverty policy, whether it “blames the poor”, and what young people from hard up neighbourhoods think  that. Spoilers: Young people think policy probably does blame the poor too much, and their ideal policy would be more collective. However, they’re also pretty switched on and understand that both individual…

Young muslim women on Islamophobia

‘Isis wouldn’t be here if there wasn’t Islamophobia’. After three teenage girls from London to join ISIS, a group of young women from east London wrote a piece with me about what the appeal of the Caliphate might be in their ends. They wanted to get their voice and perspectives heard, to tackle the misconceptions they…

What’s wrong with being poor?

[Geek alert] My latest article ‘What’s wrong with being poor?’ is up now as an early view, for publication in Children & Society. Spoilers: It’s a lot about housing, education and crime.    

In Liverpool? Fancy the best play ever?

Some of the young people I’ve been working with for a few years now have a second performance of their awesome play, Brass Razoo, coming up. It’s written and performed by young people, based on ideas from young people about what it’s like to grow up skint in Merseyside. Tickets are going fast, so RSVP…