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Transformative Youth Work International Conference

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Developing and Communicating Impact: 4th September - 6th September 2018

Plymouth Marjon University hosted the first ever international conference focussing on the impact of youth work. The conference, supported by Erasmus+, brought together a range of experts from across Europe and the wider world to showcase the latest research on the impact of youth work with the aim of influencing government policy and improving standards in the sector. The conference also showcased the publication of the Erasmus-funded 2 year comparative study of the impact of youth work in UK, Finland, Estonia, Italy and France.


The conference was attended by youth workers, youth work academics & trainers as well as policy makers. 190 experts travelled from 35 different countries to discuss the impact of youth work and engage in debates concerning the processes that  bring this impact about. Keynote speakers at the event included Professor of Criminology at the University of Tasmania Rob White, and Dimitris Ballas, who is Professor of Economic Geography at the University of Groningen.

This page now hosts helpful links to many of the presentations from the conference.

Recordings of conference

Full presentations from the Transformative Youth Work Conference are available via Plymouth Marjon University's presentation capture system. All are available here. 

Impact of youth research

For more information on the published research of the Erasmus+ funded project, find details on the book here.


This conference has been part funded from Erasmus + Key Action 2, project reference number: 2015-3-UK01-KA205-022861.

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Our supporters

Thank you to our conference supporters:

  • TAG - The Professional Association of Lecturers in Youth and Community Work
  • POYWE - Professional Open Youth Work in Europe
  • Youth & Policy

Transformative Youth Work 2018

The Transformative Youth Work Conference was attended by 190 people and disseminated the very latest research surrounding the impact of youth work across Europe.