International Aspects in Studying and Developing Youth Work and Youth Policy

House of Sciences (Tieteiden talo), lecture hall 505 (Helsinki, Kirkkokatu 6)

This seminar will focus on the ‘International aspects of research’ and will address such questions as: Where to start with international co-operation? How research in international contexts differs from single country contexts? What are the challenges in finding funding? The seminar day includes six short presentations. 

In addition to the presentations there is time within the programme for creative brainstorm-working about both the strategic and practical steps that youth work and youth policy researchers and developers need to take in order to improve their international networking and research co-operation.  

The seminar is free of charge and open to all those interested in youth work and youth research. Coffee/tea service is included in the program.

Registration without an abstract is open until the 15th of April. Please register via email: 


Chair: Leena Suurpää 


researcher director Leena Suurpää, Finnish Youth Research Network (FYRN)


Challenges of Creating Erasmus+ project – what I Have Learned?
Associate Professor Jon Ord, University of St Mark & St John, UK


Comparing the neighbors - The case of youth clubs in Finland and in Sweden 
Senior researcher Tomi Kiilakoski, Finnish Youth Research Network (FYRN) 



Evaluating the status of youth participation in European context 
Senior researcher Anu Gretschel (FYRN)


Introduction to “Global Responsibility on Youth Research: Challenges and opportunities of multi-sited and multi-country research projects in the Arab-Mediterranean countries. Case of Sahwa research project.”
Researcher Sofia Laine (FYRN) 

Discussion & Coffee Break


Youth work research and education current trends and blind spots in relation to young people's life course
Planner/researcher Jonna Henriksson, University of Tampere


Empowerment through mentoring & 'no goals' volunteerism - How is success possible without a clear goal? Experiences from the Amigo Youth Mentoring Programme at the Helsinki Deaconess Institute 
Coordinator Valisa Krairiks, Helsinki Deaconess Institute

Pause and moving into another lecture hall for strategical discussion and networking from 17.00 to 17.45.


Summing up the content of the day
Researcher director Leena Suurpää (FYRN)

Key note guest speaker

Dr Jon Ord is an Associate Professor at the University of St Mark & St John (Plymouth, United Kingdom). He has worked for 20 years as a youth work practitioner in a variety of settings and brings that knowledge and commitment to youth work to his teaching and research.  He is particularly interested in the relationship between theory and practice of youth work, the impact of policy on practice; well as the management of youth & community work and outdoor education. Second, renewed edition of his well-known book called “Youth Work Process, Product and Practice Creating an authentic curriculum in work with young people” will be published on June 2016. For further information, see: 

Organizers and further information

Seminar is co-organized in co-operation with University of Tampere, department of Youth Work and Youth Research


Senior Researcher Anu Gretschel
Finnish Youth Research Network
tel. + 358 (0)40 516 91 89.