Open seminar: Young people, risk and resilience 23.10.2018

Tampere Centre for Childhood, Youth and Family Research PERLA, in collaboration with the Research project ’Friendship as Potential?’ and the Youth Work and Youth Research at the University of Tampere, organises an open research seminar on the concepts of risk and resilience. The seminar explores ’risk’ and ’resilience’ in the lives of young people in Finland and beyond. Who are ’at risk’? What does it mean to be ’marginalized’? How is ’social exclusion’ managed in institutions and by professionals? How do ’disadvantaged young people’ cope with and conceptualize adversity and misrecognition? What is ’resilience’ and can it be professionally cultivated? Drawing from ongoing and long-standing research the seminar navigates the challenges and potentials of young people and discusses the role of professionals in supporting the youths in their sometimes challenging life situations.

WHEN? Tuesday, October 23, 12-15.15 pm.
WHERE? University of Tampere, Linna Building, room 5026-5027 (Kalevantie 5)


12.00 Opening / Riikka Korkiamäki
12.15 Robbie Gilligan: Promoting resilience in work with young people
13.00 Anu-Riina Svenlin: Resilience – providing an integrative perspective to contact family intervention
13.45 Coffee break
14.00 Sanna Aaltonen: Shifting the focus from “at-risk” youth to risky relationships between youth and welfare services
14.45-15. 15 Discussion and ending


Robbie Gilligan is a Professor of Social Work and Social Policy at Trinity College Dublin, the School of Social Work and Social Policy.

Anu-Riina Svenlin is a PhD candidate and University Teacher at the Kokkola University Consortium Chydenius, University of Jyväskylä.

Sanna Aaltonen is a Senior Researcher at the Finnish Youth Research Network and a Senior Lecturer at the University of Eastern Finland.

We warmly welcome all interested to participate!

We kindly ask you to register for the coffee service by filling out the following form by 17 October:

For more information, please contact Riikka Korkiamäki ( / 050 4336299) or Tiina Tuovila (



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