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Dr Avril Keating
UCL-Institute of Education
20 Bedford Way
  • Senior Lecturer: Comparative Social Science (Education and Social Outcomes)
  • IOE - Education, Practice & Society
  • UCL Institute of Education

I am a Senior Lecturer in Comparative Social Science at the UCL Institute of Education, where I work in the Department of Education, Practice and Society. I am Director of the Centre for Global Youth and a Contributing Academic to the ESRC Centre for Learning and Life Chances in Knowledge Economies and Societies (LLAKES).

My research focuses on the evolution of civic attitudes and agency during youth, and I am involved in a range of projects that explore this theme from a comparative, inter-disciplinary and mixed-method perspective.

As part of this research agenda, I am leading the sixth wave of the Citizenship Education Longitudinal Study (CELS), which is now being administered by the IoE. The CELS data plays an important role in the LLAKES project 'The crisis for contemporary youth: Young people, opportunities and civic values in the UK.' I recently completed an ESRC Future Leaders fellowship which looked at the relationship between society, schools and youth civic engagement. I am building on this project by examining young people's attitudes towards, and aspirations after, Brexit (http://www.ucl.ac.uk/ioe/departments-centres/centres/centre-for-global-youth/from-post-national-to-post-european).

Research Summary

My research areas:
  • Global Youth
  • Youth transitions
  • Citizenship - Education, Youth transitions, longitudinal analysis, political socialisation
  • Education
  • Politics - Citizenship education, political socialisation
  • Sociology - Cohesion, sociology of education
  • Governance - Policymaking, Europe
  • Comparative social science

Teaching Summary

I am the Module Leader for Youth in a Globalising World (part of the Education Studies BA). I also contribute to the MA in Comparative Education.

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