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Call for Abstracts: Translating youth research to policy and practice

Following the success of the Crime and Governance ‘Politics and Crime Control’ symposium, The Journal of Applied Youth Studies (JAYS), along with guest editors Joel McGregor and Xanthé Mallett, are now welcoming abstract submissions for a special issue to be published in early 2018.

The primary goal of this special issue is to critically reflect on the purpose and function of youth research. In the context of criminal justice policy, Smith (2006) argues that it is ‘unrealistic’ to expect that youth justice policy can be shaped by research. The foundation for this argument is that evaluation research is never as clear-cut and unambiguous as governments require. The focus of this special issue is then to agitate the contribution of academic work to policy and practice. Articles would use research to explore how the conclusions or recommendations made can be effectively translated to be assessable to those who work with young people. For this reason, abstracts that are informed by academic research but have a focus on explaining the implications for practice will be accepted.

Central to JAYS, this special issue pays attention to the applied continuum of research, policy and practice. The goal is to assemble a collection which enhances understandings of the institutionalisation-normalisation continuum of legislation, policy and practice and the role that research can play in problematizing the dominant ideologies and knowledges that are given legitimacy through this continuum.

The proposed collection seeks interdisciplinary work with papers based on qualitative and quantitative research, literature reviews or evaluations of programs and practices. Papers would have a focus on youth and related issues (such as policy making, practices of those who work with young people etc.). It would pursue the advancement of current understandings within the field in a theory-driven but practical manner.

While we do not wish to constrain the breath of abstracts submitted, examples of possible topics include:

  • The examination of neoliberal and marketized practices on youth services
  • Critical reflections of tools that seek to classify young people (such as risk assessment tools) and the implications for youth
  • The investigation of legislation pertaining to young people
  • The interrogation of evidence-based youth policies
  • Government approaches to youth justice and the role of academe
  • The evaluation of youth programs or initiatives and the directive of this for future policy

Instructions for submission

Interested contributors are encouraged to submit a 250-word abstract by 7th December 2017 to, and Prospective contributors are invited to discuss proposed papers with the editors.

Accepted abstracts will be notified by 14th December 2017 with the special issue being published in early 2018. All papers submitted from accepted abstracts are subject to the normal peer review practices of the journal.

Please remember that at this point we only require abstract submission. Prospective contributors can find further information at the author guidelines page.