The Moral Economies of Children and Young People's Health and Well-being in the Age of Austerity
The event is intended to promote free and open interdisciplinary discussion facilitated by lead partners: Peter Kelly, RMIT University, Australia and Jo Pike, University of Leeds, UK.
The aim of the workshop is to identify the key questions related to young people’s health and well-being in the age of austerity with the intention of developing interdisciplinary and international research collaborations that will form the basis of future research proposals.
Following the global financial crisis of 2008-09 children and young people in the OECD and EU, and in the developing economies of Asia, Africa and Central and South America face the prospect of growing up with greater levels of risk and uncertainty brought about by political instability, conflict, climate change and technological and cultural change. Reflecting some of these concerns, researchers have sought to engage with the ways in which locally produced cultures of childhood and youth are shaped by global forces, highlighting the absence of considerations of childhood and youth from discussions related to the global financial crisis (Morrow, 2011). This lack of attention to children and young people is also evident in the health related disciplines where the widely acknowledged view that ‘austerity kills’ (Stuckler and Basu, 2013) is a central tenet of research examining widening gaps in health inequalities, decreased investment in health care systems and health promotion, and the impact of unemployment on mental and emotional health, food insecurity and the lifestyle choices of individuals. In this one day event we aim to bring together researchers interested in developing research proposals related to the global economic and political forces that shape the possibilities for children and young people’s health and well-being. The event is intended to be an open and interdisciplinary discussion facilitated by lead partners: Peter Kelly, RMIT University; Deana Leahy, Monash University; and Jo Pike, University of Leeds, UK. It is intended that this event will lead to interdisciplinary and international collaborations that will form the basis of future research proposals. The aim of the workshop is to identify the key questions related to young people’s health and well-being in the age of austerity. Such questions might include:
- What are the significant health and well-being challenges for children and young people in the 21st Century?
- How are these health and well-being challenges configured differently in different geographical locations?
- What possibilities do the shifting relationships between the state, the private sector, the Third sector (NGOs), social entrepreneurs and other relevant actors present for addressing contemporary health and well-being challenges for children and young people?
- How are the moral imperatives of health and well-being reshaped in the age of austerity?
- How have contemporary discourses of children and young people’s health and well-being shifted in relation to the global financial crisis?
- How has the global financial crisis reconfigured children and young people’s notion of futurity and how might this align with aspirations to promote their health and well-being?
- How do young people negotiate and engage with the different attempts to shape their health behaviours?
This is a free event but places are limited. Please register your interest by email to Jo Pike by Friday 22nd August.