YOUNG IN WG 4 Meeting, Madrid, September 13, 2021
Organisers (in alphabetical order):
Sonia Bertolini, University of Turin, Italy
Dirk Hofäcker, University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany
The situation of youth and possible political solutions to improve their situation represent a complex phenomenon, that can only be sufficiently addressed by the use of both quantitative and qualitative methodologies. On the one hand, it is important to gain representative knowledge about the situation of youth and its determinants from quantitative data. The increasing availability of longitudinal data increasingly allows for the analysis of such relationships from a causal perspective and by considering developments of longer timespans. At the same time, qualitative data can, on the one hand, help to better understand the situation of youth, e.g. by looking at individual perceptions and interpretations, motives etc. On the other hand, qualitative studies may also help to develop new and innovative. “Mixed methods” may, however, not necessarily be restricted to combining quantitative and qualitative approaches, but may also encompassing different methodologies within quantitative and/or qualitative research.
For both quantitative and qualitative methodologies, comparing results in youth research across countries presents a major challenge. How can, for example, the international variability in structural and cultural conditions be considered when conducting explicit cross-national research, or when bringing together evidence from different countries? A particular question is this respect is how institutional data at the (societal) macro-level and individual data at the micro-level can be considered in analyses.
At the WG4 meeting in Madrid, we aim to address both challenges. Contributions to our joint sessions are invited from members in- and outside the YOUNG_IN network to deepen the discussion on how to combine methods to study youth from a comparative perspective.
We welcome papers that address at least one of the following issues:
- Combining different methodologies
- Contributions that discuss how quantitative and qualitative methodologies can be combined to better understand the situation of young people. These can be either methodological and epistemological contributions about mixed-method approaches in general or explicitly refer to issues of, for example, study design or measurement, using concrete examples.
- Contributions that discuss how different quantitative or different qualitative methodologies can be combined to better understand the situation of young people. These can be either conceptual/theoretical or explicitly refer to issues of, for example, study design or measurement, using concrete examples.
- Empirical contributions that demonstrate the application of different methodologies for studying youth using evidence from existing studies.
- Challenges of cross-national comparison
- Conceptual/theoretical contributions that focus on the challenges in comparative youth research and possibilities how to overcome them. Contributions addressing challenges in quantitative, qualitative or mixed methods research are welcome.
- Empirical contributions that demonstrate the application of cross-nationally comparative research on youth
- Conceptual or empirical contributions that outline how macro data at the national level and individual level quantitative or qualitative data can be combined.
For participants that are not members of the COST Action CA17114, a limited number of travel grants is available. Please indicate when submitting your abstract whether you would like to apply for such a travel grant.
We aim to combine papers presented at the Madrid meeting in a joint publication on innovative methodologies in youth research. Paper presenters thus should, in principle, be willing to contribute to such a publication.
Please submit your abstract of max 300 words by July 27, 2021 to firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com