Watch Dr Howard Williamson, professor of European Youth Policy at University of South Wales talking about his path to this field, the role European Youth Work Convention plays for youth work in Europe and importance of critical discussions within the youth sector community of practice.
Professor Howard reveals how different policy attempts and measures actually have an impact on young people and how interdisciplinarity is important, particularly in research.
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