The Future of Youth Research and the Journal of Youth Studies: Editorial Statement, January 2019

Robert MacDonald, Tracy Shildrick, Dan Woodman

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With this issue, the Journal of Youth Studies (JYS) reaches its twenty-first year. This has traditionally been a coming of age milestone in many parts of the world. One of the great contributions of this Journal has been to track the way that transitions to adulthood have become longer, fuzzier and more complex. Twenty-first birthdays are still worth celebrating, even for journals, but twenty-one no longer represents such an important milestone. It does, however, represent a turning point for this Journal, with a new editorial team beginning a five-year term at the helm.

JYS has framed key debates in Youth Studies over the past two decades, including how to conceptualise the profound changes occurring in transitions to adulthood. In taking on the role of curating the research insights and key debates about youth that will set the agenda for the future, we will be building on the legacy of the Journal’s founder Professor Andy Furlong.

Andy Furlong founded the Journal in 1997, with the first issue in January 1998, and as its Editor in Chief was the driving force behind the success of the Journal over two decades. Following Andy’s sudden and untimely death in 2017, we have led JYS in an interim capacity. We were delighted to learn, in September 2018, however that following a competitive proposal process, Taylor and Francis have appointed us to lead the journal for another five years, through to 2023. In this short editorial introduction, we lay out our plans for our term as editors, particularly how we see the role of JYS in shaping the field of Youth Studies over the coming decade.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-6
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Youth Studies
Issue number1
Early online date28 Nov 2018
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2019


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