Young people's experience of poverty and use of space (2014)

Young people's experience of poverty and use of space: qualitative research involving young people from Toynbee Hall's "Inspire" programme

Qualitative research involving 12 young women from in and around East London, who were supported to conduct peer-to-peer research. The group decided to call themselves the ‘Rebel Researchers’ and looked at the spaces where they can speak and be heard.

About Rebel Researchers

A group of 12 young women from in and around Tower Hamlets worked with the Department, and Toynbee Hall, to undertake a peer-to-peer research project.

The group called themselves the ‘Rebel Researchers’ – to highlight the difference between themselves and ‘traditional’ academics – and chose to look at the spaces and sites of youthful politics. Aware of their marginalised status as ethnic minority young women from a highly deprived borough, they gathered their thoughts and opinions (and those of their peers) about where they feel they have an opportunity to exercise power, speak and be heard. They specifically tried to explore whether national, local, online or ‘personal’ politics is perceived as more or less inclusive, and what barriers might prevent young people like themselves from taking up opportunities within these potentially political spheres.

They undertook focus groups with their peers, and aimed to follow up with an in school survey based on the findings of their focus groups.

You can read their "blogitics" posts here

Report: Are young people heard? Our thoughts about young people and politics


DSPI Principal Investigator: Professor Robert Walker
Funded by: Barnett Fellowship Trust

Completed: 2014