Street Connected Young People in Guatemala

Dr Andrew Stevenson and Dr Jeremy Oldfield have been awarded a BA/Leverhulme grant to explore the experiences of street connected young people in Guatemala.   The project begins in April, 2016 for 18 months.

The study will apply psychological knowledge and understanding to Street Connected Young People (SCYP) in Guatemala City, a population largely neglected in the literature. The aim is to investigate the ability of SCYP to demonstrate resilience in relation to three specific psychological constructs; mental wellbeing, social support and everyday cognitive skills. There is little research relating to these constructs in the developing world, and few studies with SCYP have focused on positive outcomes such as displaying resilience. The study adopts a mixed-method approach incorporating psychometric tests, survey data, ethnographic film, interviews and participatory photography. Participants will comprise SCYP recruited from two informal schooling projects, and a comparison group of young people with no experience of street life, drawn from a state school. 

“A serious academic conference”: The Archers in Fact and Fiction

On 17th February, Katherine Runswick-Cole presented at the first ever interdisciplinary academic conference to focus on Radio 4’s The Archers.

Katherine argued that in The Archers disability is always and only a temporary phenomenon that appears and then disappears as a device to develop the plot or characterisation.  She called for an engagement with disability in cultural texts in ways that reflects the every day lives of disabled people.

Katherine said: “This was a fantastic interdisciplinary conference.  There was an amazing range of papers and presenters combined their passion for their discipline with their love  of The Archers  in ways that were both entertaining and informative.”

You can listen to Katherine on BBC Radio 4’s PM programme here

A pdf of conference paper is available to download here: Archer’s Presentation