Keynote speakers are internationally renowned for their research on adolescent identities, digital behaviours, and adolescent social and cultural diversity.

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Professor Nancy E. Hill

Harvard Graduate School of Education

Professor Hill is the Charles Bigelow Professor of Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and is an expert on the impact of parental involvement in adolescent development, as well as cultural influences on minority youth development. Professor Hill’s research examines the ways race, socioeconomic status, and community context interact and impact youths’ opportunities for upward mobility, especially through secondary school and postsecondary transitions. Hill’s current research projects include research-practice partnerships, including a longitudinal study following adolescents across high school, focusing on economically and ethnically diverse youth and their emerging sense of purpose and views of the economy, and the influence of these on ost-secondary transitions to college and career.  In 2021, Professor Hill, and co-author Professor Alexis Redding, published ‘ The End of Adolescence:The Lost Art of Delaying Adulthood ‘ that draws upon an archive of recordings of college students from the 1970’s to consider the developmental opportunities in taking time to consider what adulthood holds, and how they might achieve their goals. 

Professor Hill tweets from @ProfNancyHill and more detail about her work can be read here.

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Professor Klaus Boehnke

Jacobs University Bremen & Higher School of Economics Moscow

Profesor Klaus Boehnke is Professor of Social Science Methodology at Jacobs University Bremen and Deputy Chair of the International Center for Sociocultural Research at the Higher School of Economics in Moscow.  Professor Boehnke’s work has focussed on comparative cultural studies and political psychology, and his recent work examines social cohesion and attachment to the homeland, as well as values transmission and change.


Professor Boehnke’s work is interdisciplinary, bringing together concepts from developmental and social psychology to examine questions of how digital technologies may contribute to radicalisation in young people, or how social processes may affect majority or immigrant young people differently.

Professor Boehnke has recently published a book ‘ Psychosocial Experiences of African Migrants in Six European Countries’ with co-author Professor Erhabor Idemudia - the book provides an empirical account of the psychological and social experiences of 3500 African migrants to 6 European countries: Germany, Spain, Italy, The Netherlands, France, and the UK. The book can be read via open access here.


More information about Professor Boehnke’s work and activities can be read here

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Professor Candace Currie

Glasgow Caledonia University London

Candace Currie is the Professor of Global Adolescent Health at Glasgow Caledonia University London and  was the founding Director of a WHO Collaborating Centre for Child and Adolescent Health Policy from 2013-2019. Professor Currie has a background in the biological and behavioural sciences (BSc Hons in Zoology, University of St Andrews; PhD in animal behaviour, University of Edinburgh) and conducts research into global adolescent health issues with the purpose to contributing to young people’s health improvement nationally and globally in line with the UN Sustainable Development Goals.


Professor Currie was awarded an OBE for Services to Healthcare in 2008 and in 2015, a Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award. Her research focuses on socioeconomic and gender inequalities, and in pubertal development and its impact on adolescent health and wellbeing. She holds honorary positions at the University of Utrecht in the Netherlands and at the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute in Melbourne.


Professor Currie tweets from @candacecurrie and more detail about her recent research can be read here.

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Professor Sonia Livingstone

London School of Economics and Political Science

Sonia Livingstone is a Professor in the Department of Media and Communications at the London School of Economics and Political Science. Her research adopts a comparative, critical and contextualised approach to consider the rights and responsibilities of young people in everyday digital media use. Currently Professor Livingstone directs the Digital Futures Commission ,with the 5Rights Foundation, and the Global Kids Online project with UNICEF. 

Professor Livingstone’s uses multi-methodological approaches to study how children, adolescents and families use digital media, and how they may be affected by it and a thread in her work is to consider how  citizen values (equity-focused, diversity-promoting) are, or should be, represented in digital infrastructures in all spheres, including institutions, and the lifeworld. 

Professor Livingstone blogs at and tweets from @Livingstone_S.  Her most recent book , ‘Parenting for a Digital Future', co-authored with Alicia Blum-Ross, draws upon a range of research to describe how parents enact parental or family authority and values through digital technologies, when there are relatively rapid changes in social and technological landscapes.

More information about Professor Livingstone’s work and activities can be read here.