Newcastle Youth Studies Group

Youth, Intergenerational Dynamics and the Future

Led by Dr Julia Cook, research in this theme explores the intersections between youth, intergenerational relationships and dynamics, and temporality and futurity. This includes issues of intergenerational solidarity and conflict, familial and social generations, and emerging approaches in the sociology of time and futures such as the relationship between imaginaries and materiality. Research in this theme draws from a broad range of methods, spanning qualitative, mixed methods and creative. While work in this theme is theoretically driven it also responds to social policy concerns, particularly in relation to the changing role of intergenerational familial relationships in contemporary welfare states.

Theme Members:

Julia Cook

Dr Julia Cook, University of Newcastle, Australia

Dr Julia Cook is a Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Newcastle and co-director of the Newcastle Youth Studies Network. Her research interests include the sociology of youth, time and housing, and her most recent research addresses young adults' pathways into home ownership, focusing particularly on the role of intergenerational transfers in facilitating entry into the property market. She uses predominantly qualitative methods to answer her research questions, and is particularly interested in developing longitudinal qualitative methods. She is on the editorial board of the journal Time & Society and the Journal of Applied Youth Studies and recently published her first book Imagined Futures: Hope, Risk and Uncertainty (Palgrave, 2018).


Prof Carmen Leccardi, University of Milano-Bicocca

Carmen Leccardi is professor of Cultural Sociology and director of the PhD program in Applied Sociology and Methodology of Social Research at the University of Milan-Bicocca. From 2013 to 2015 she was President of the European Sociological Association. She has researched extensively in the field of social time, youth, gender and generations, cultural models and processes of cultural and social change. From a methodological perspective she is interested in qualitative research methods, in particular hermeneutical approaches. Her latest books include: A new individualism? Individualization, subjectivity and social bonds, Egea (edited with P. Volonté); Youth, Space and Time. Agoras and Chronotopes in the Global City, Brill (edited with C. Feixa and P. Nilan); and Sociologias del tiempo, Finis Terrae.

Valentina cuzzocrea

Dr Valentina Cuzzocrea, University of Cagliari

Valentina Cuzzocrea is Senior Assistant Professor at the University of Cagliari in Italy, and a past coordinator of the ESA RN ‘Youth & Generation’. She has published on youth with specific regard to the experience of work, geographical mobility, the future and its narratives, collaborative individualisation, the domestication of public space and wider issues of time and space. She has coedited (with B G Bello) the special issue ‘Making Space for Youth in Italian Studies’ for the Journal of Modern Italian Studies and is currently working on youth collectivities, an angle from which she would like to explore youth narratives of the future further. Her last published books are (with D Cairns, E Krzaklewska and AA Allaste): ‘Mobility, Education and Employability in the European Union: Inside Erasmus (Palgrave Macmillan 2018), and (with D Cairns, D Briggs and L Veloso) ‘The consequences of mobilities’ (Palgrave Macmillan 2017).

Louise Overton

Dr Louise Overton, University of Birmingham

Louise Overton is a Lecturer in Social Policy and Deputy Director of the Centre on Household Assets and Savings Management (CHASM) at the University of Birmingham. Her research interests focus on older people and personal finance (and personal finance-related issues), including financial security, financial advice, and the regulation of consumer financial services. She also uses this focus to address issues of intergenerational finance and relationships. Louise has carried out extensive research on the role and relevance of housing wealth as a source of retirement finance, with a particular emphasis on equity release. Her published work in this area has gained widespread press coverage, and has been used by the Financial Conduct Authority, the equity release industry and its trade body, as well as in the development of Age UK’s Equity Release Advice Service.

Prof Johanna Wyn

Prof Johanna Wyn, University of Melbourne

Johanna Wyn is a Redmond Barry Distinguished Emeritus Professor in the Youth Research Centre, the University of Melbourne and a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences Australia and the Academy of Social Sciences, UK. She is engaged in multidisciplinary and multi-method research on the ways in which young people navigate their lives in a changing world, with a focus on the areas of transition, gender, wellbeing and inequality. Her work recognises that young people are active citizens, cultural creators and active agents in learning and wellbeing. She leads the ARC funded Life Patterns longitudinal research program and has a strong research track record of competitive research grants and consultancies and tenders from a range of stakeholders, including government departments, foundations and the private sector.

Dan Woodman

A/Prof Dan Woodman, University of Melbourne

Dan Woodman is TR Ashworth Associate Professor of Sociology in the School of Social and Political Sciences and Assistant Dean (Advancement and Engagement) in the Faculty of Arts. He is currently President of the Australian Sociological Association (TASA) and Vice President for Australia, New Zealand and Oceania of the Research Committee on the Sociology of Youth (RC34) within the International Sociological Association (ISA). He is also co-editor-in-chief of the Journal of Youth Studies. Dan’s primary research area is the sociology of youth, young adulthood, and generations and he uses this focus to also contribute to the sociology of work, and to sociological theory. His writing conceptualizing generational change and the new social conditions impacting on young adults is internationally recognized. His current research activity is focused on the Life-Patterns Project (he is a Chief Investigator with Prof. Johanna Wyn and others in the Graduate School of Education).