Where in the world are youth geographies going? Reflections on the journey and directions for the future

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This viewpoints paper reflects upon the journey youth geographies have travelled over the last 20 years and highlights some thoughts on where directions for new research might be best placed in the coming decades. In particular, the paper draws attention to the growing numbers of youth in the Global South and especially in the African continent where youth populations are set to continue to rise. The paper identifies some of the potential challenges faced by the majority of youth in coming years in particular the need to decolonise thinking around youth geographies while also considering the importance of economic, social and political contexts in shaping debates. The paper charts some potential new directions while also suggesting that youth's own perspectives need to receive greater prominence in theory and outcomes.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)32-35
Number of pages4
JournalChildren's Geographies
Issue number1
Early online date7 Nov 2018
Publication statusPublished - 2019



  • Youth geographies
  • challenges
  • global youth
  • new directions
  • youth research

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