Young People’s Involvement in Migration Research: Opportunities for Reshaping Priorities and Practices

Grace Spencer, Jill Thompson, Fanny Froehlich, Divine Asafo, Michael Tetteh Doku, George Asiamah, Jemima Mornuu, Amidatu Kassim, Stephen O Kwankye, Ernestina Korleki Dankye

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Abstract

Young people are frequently involved in research about their own lives and their contributions to the shaping of research priorities increasingly valued. Recently, young people’s participation in research has been extended to advisory group roles including supporting the planning, design and delivery of projects. Such involvement marks an important shift towards valuing young people’s views on how research should be conducted and is often required as part of research funding processes. In this article, we explore the value and contribution of young people’s involvement in a research project focusing on the livelihoods of young migrants in Ghana and the related possibilities for empowerment. Our collaborations remind us of the pitfalls of working from an adult centric lens, and how this may inadvertently contribute to the reproduction of adult ways of understanding young lives. Here, our project Young Person Advisory Group members share their experiences of being youth advisors – highlighting both challenges and opportunities for young people’s meaningful involvement in research.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)43–67
JournalJournal of the British Academy
Volume11
Issue numbers3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2 Nov 2023

Keywords

  • Participation
  • Knowledge Production
  • Empowerment

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