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Young Adults, Inequality and the Generational Divide: Learning and Life Chances in an Era of Uncertainty
15 – 16 November 2018

Registrations are now open for the 2018 Centre for Learning and Life Chances in Knowledge Economies and Societies (LLAKES) Conference.

Young people in many western countries face declining opportunities across various life domains, including in work, housing and welfare. For several decades now, the ageing of populations, globalisation, and the shift in power from labour to capital, have been increasing inequalities in incomes and wealth, including between generations. Young people have been in the front line of changes in work and welfare, and have generally suffered more than other age groups from the 2008 financial crisis and ensuing austerity. In the UK now, with the added economic uncertainties of Brexit, some would argue that the prospects for millennial youth are worse than for any generation since those born at the turn of the 19th Century. This conference explores the changing opportunities structures for young adults in the context of growing inequality and economic uncertainty. The conference will examine changes in opportunities for young people in different life domains:

  • Young People: Perceptions, Attitudes, Civic Values and Political Engagement
  • Young People: education, skills inequalities and the changing nature of work
  • Youth Transitions and Generational Inequalities

Keynote Speakers:

  • Sir Vince Cable MP, Leader of the Liberal Democrats
  • Kate Pickett, Professor of Epidemiology, University of York
  • Andy Green, Professor of Comparative Social Science and LLAKES Centre Director, UCL Institute of Education
  • Francis Green, Professor of Work and Education Economics, LLAKES Centre, UCL Institute of Education


Day 1 – Thursday 15 November – Mary Ward House Conference Centre, 5-7 Tavistock Place, London WC1H 9SN – 9.30am – 5pm
Day 2 – Friday 16 November – Senate House Conference Venue, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU – 9.30am – 5pm
The 2-day conference is free to attend, but places are limited and attendance will be by prior registration only. If you would like to attend please register via Eventbrite by Thursday 1st November 2018.