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Bill-150x150Bill Badham: from 1984 to 1999 Bill was involved in direct practice in probation, social care and community social work including national policy influence on groupwork with young offenders, preventative intervention and the role of the voluntary sector, leading the Nottingham Social Work voluntary sector specialism and co-writing the Open Learning Foundation modules on children and families. Since 1999 Bill has been a national influence on young people’s participation including running a national programme across over 30 projects, being co-author of Hear by Right participation standards and author of Act by Right, skills for young people to help make change happen. Bill led The NYA’s participation programme till September 2009, before becoming Co-Director of Practical Participation. He has extensive experience of undertaking a wide range training, consultancy and presentations across the statutory and voluntary sector with local and national partners.

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Rodrigo Bustos:  My area of work is Educational Management, Social Development and Strategic Planning. I have worked with social, governmental and private organizations in Chile and Peru, mainly implementing and developing formal and informal training and educational processes using participation as a strategy for action. I have a Master in Educational Management and a Diploma in Children’s Psychology. The latter has allowed me to develop for Amantani Ccorca a psychosocial program in the Andes of Peru, where I work with Quechua children and young people, who´s rights are often violated. With the local team I have developed  educational and psico-social strategies, which respond to the culturally specific needs of the indigenous communities of Ccorca. The integration of different disciplines, has allowed me to be a critical observer of the complex social realities both in Chile and in Peru. The learning I have gained from the communities and people, with whom I  worked, has forged my personal commitment to the promotion of individual and social development through education using participatory approaches. I am also the Co-Director of RePa, the “Latin American Network of Resilience and Participation” which is the sister network of Social Action Net.


AnnieAnnie Pullen Sansfacon: I am an Associate  Professor  at  the  University  of  Montreal’s  School  of Social Work.  After obtaining my PhD in ethics and social work (De Montfort University, UK, 2007), I continued working on the development of anti-oppressive theories,  approaches  and  methodologies  to  promote  ethical  and  emancipatory practice in social work.  Recent projects include research related the the adaptation of  migrant  social  workers  and  the  various  barriers  they  navigate  to  practice  in Canadian context, Professional Identity development as ethical practice in social work, as well as the experience of parents of transgender children. I am the co-author of the books the Ethical Foundations of Social Work (with S. Cowden; Routledge, 2012) and Supporting Transgender and Gender Creative Youth: Schools, Families and Communities in action (with E.J. Meyer; Peter Lang, 2014).  I am a co-founder of Gender Creative Kids Canada, a community-based project that stemmed from an innovative Social Action Research funded by an  Insight Development Grant from Social Sciences and Humanity Research Council of Canada.  The research project at the source of this initiative aimed at better understanding the context in which transgender children and youth grow, through setting up three pilot projects that explored different spheres of the trans child’s life: the family, the school, and the social context in which they grow.


PK general photoPeter Kraftl:
 is Professor of Human Geography at the University of Birmingham, UK. He is a geographer, who specialises in research with young people, focussing on sustainable urban environments and diverse kinds of educational settings, including alternative and informal education. He is the author of six books, including Geographies of Alternative Education (Policy Press) and Informal Education, Childhood and Youth (Palgrave). He has published over sixty journal articles and book chapters on children’s everyday lives, emotions, and participation. He has extensive experience of a wide range of research with children and young people, including the facilitation of community workshops organised by young people. His previous research looked at children’s everyday lives and citizenship in new urban communities in the UK (https://newcitizens.wordpress.com/). Currently, he is leading a project with Brazilian academics looking at young people’s experiences of and learning about the food/water/energy nexus in Sao Paulo State – a project that will combine surveys, interviews, app-based research and a range of participatory, creative and online methods (http://www.foodwaterenergynexus.com/)

Peter’s institutional webpage is here: http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/staff/profiles/gees/kraftl-peter.aspx

You can follow Peter on Twitter: @peterkraftl