About

My big giant passion is involving disadvantaged and marginalised young people in discussions about social issues, and helping them to develop solutions from the ground up. I do this where ever I can, and have bounced between policy wonkery roles at charities like CPAG and UP-Unlocking Potential, in academia at places like Oxford or RMIT (I still teach online), or alongside political groups like the APPG on Poverty.

I always work on poverty, policy and youth issues, with a focus on participation and politics. Always happy to chat and help if you’re thinking about how to include children and young people’s voices on these issues — just drop me an email.

I’m now a freelancer too, and based in London if you want to discuss how to engage children and young people in a really meaningful way. I also have a PhD in that stuff. Someone told me as a freelancer I should say that.

I’m also the chair of trustees at the world’s best local youth club, Caxton Youth for young people with disabilities, and a trustee of the Public Service Broadcasting Trust which runs the awesome Fixers projects around the UK.

I try to keep a CV of sorts updated at LinkedIn and if you’re in for the geek stuff, a research profile at ResearchGate

You can contact me at rys@rysfarthingdotcom  Remember not to add an h, I’m not a Welsh man (awesome as it would be to have that accent, alas no, mine is antipodean)