Young people living well in rural areas

The Director of the Youth Research Centre in Melbourne argues in the 2013 Mann Lecture that, contrary to common perceptions, young people are able to live happily in rural communities.

Students at the Albury-Wodonga campus cafeProfessor Johanna Wyn will present her views at La Trobe University in Albury-Wodonga on Thursday 17 October 2013 at 6pm. Her lecture, ‘Young People Making it Work’, will draw on her recent book about young people who have made their lives in rural and regional communities.

‘My research challenges the view that rural-based lives represent deficit and disadvantage,’ Professor Wyn said.

‘In our increasingly urbanised society, urban living has come to be seen as the standard, and researchers and policy-makers often assume that living in rural and regional communities is somehow second-best.

‘But my research, which has followed a group of Australians for 20 years of their lives, shows that this isn’t the case – and that young people have been able to remain connected to the places and people that matter to them,’ Professor Wyn said.

‘It is evident that education has been a primary factor in enabling young people to reach their goals during the timeframe of my study, the 1990s and 2000s.’

Professor Wyn is the Director of the Youth Research Centre in the Melbourne Graduate School of Education at the University of Melbourne. Her work addresses questions such as the kind of knowledge and skills that young people need if they are to engage productively in their communities in the 21st century.

Event details

What: 2013 Mann Lecture

When: Thursday 17 October 2013, 6pm

Where: La Trobe University, University Drive, Wodonga

RSVP: All welcome; RSVP to Refreshments are provided. 

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