Research interests

Young people, youth work, social inclusion, citizenship, youth justice, Europe

Research interests

Howard Williamson has held academic research grants from the Economic and Social Research Council, various government departments and the European Commission, and practice grants from the National Lottery Charities Board for his ‘cottage project’ in Snowdonia, working with unemployed and excluded young people.

He has managed and conducted research projects for local, national and European organisations. His research work has been predominantly on youth issues, notably concerning youth work and youth training, but it has also addressed juvenile justice and youth crime, drug misuse, special needs housing, inter-agency partnerships, mini-enterprise in schools, local economic development and training for enterprise in Europe.

His primary research interests are around youth policy, citizenship and social exclusion, and the role of youth work in the personal development and social integration of young people.

His latest research work has included action research with schools around alternative key stage 4 curricula, an evaluation of the Home Office On Track initiative, and a formative evaluation of a police-led schools curriculum on drugs, crime and personal safety. A major focus of his more recent research activity has been a follow-up study of the young people he first studied in the mid-1970s – published as The Milltown Boys Revisited (Berg 2004). Since then, he has completed a European funded collaborative research project on youth behaviour in public space (with research institutions in Austria, Estonia and Finland).

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