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Youth exclusion

Our academics are tackling real-world situations and solving sensitive issues through their pioneering and impactful research.

Professor Emma Murphy, in our School of Government and International Affairs, is leading the way for change in the Mediterranean by working with international partners to re-frame youth policy narratives and establish pathways for youth inclusion. 

A comprehensive approach towards youth policies 

Professor Murphy has been at the forefront of policy conversations around youth policy in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. 

She was directly involved with a revolutionary World Bank report on breaking the barriers to youth inclusion in Tunisia. The report recognised the importance of enabling young people to participate in the formulation of policies aimed specifically at them. 

Through her participation in the European Commission-funded POWER2YOUTH project, she proposed new holistic approaches to developing youth policy which acknowledge the full range of economic, political and social insecurities they face. 

After being presented to the European Parliament and an EU/Conseil de Europe Youth Partnership Expert Meeting, the POWER2YOUTH policy report was used by the EU Policy Lab in a training programme for policy communities addressing youth employment and unemployment in North Africa. 

She has also worked with the British Council, the El-Hiwar EU-Arab League collaborative training programme, and the Global Research on Youth Policy Network to promote policymaking which places young people’s voices, experiences and needs at the heart of youth policy-making.

This challenges conventional policy frames which view young people only as a potential labour force and a source of social threat and instability.

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