Young adulthood: aspirations and realities for living and learning in the 21st Century

Ann Berrington, Steve Roberts, Peter Tammes

This project is funded by the ESRC under the Secondary Data Analysis Initiative.  

 

Project Summary

This research assessed how young adults’ transitions to independent living and housing pathways have responded to recent social change: including the expansion of higher education, economic recession, and the increased unaffordability of housing. We examined how young adults' parental backgrounds and profiles of education and employment related to their ambitions and successes in achieving residential independence in the UK. We also considered how these relationships were modified by gender and ethnicity. We delivered policy and practitioner relevant research through the exploitation of the United Kingdom Household Longitudinal Survey (UKHLS) and other surveys. This approach provided a timely opportunity to re-conceptualise young people’s housing pathways after a period of considerable political, economic and social change. Understanding trends in young adults’ living arrangements is required for marital status and household projections. Furthermore, welfare policies differentially affect housing careers by gender and parenthood status. This project explored the potential impact of recent welfare reforms, such as the extension in the age range affected by the limit to housing benefit, resulting from the shared accommodation rate for men and women.

 

Project activities
 

Date Activity Description
29 February 2016 Secondary Data Analysis Initiative (SDAI) Showcase Event, Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors, London Ann Berrington, Steve Roberts and Peter Tammes presented the poster "Understanding Gender, Class and Ethnic Differences in Educational Aspirations among UK Teenagers."
13 February 2015 Deconstructing Generation Rent: Young People's Housing Options and Future Welfare, University of Sheffield Ann Berrington gave a paper highlighting the impact of housing policy on young adults' housing transitions in the UK and how this impact is gendered at workshop sponsored by the Housing Studies Association: ‘Economic precariousness and young adults’ housing transitions in the UK’.
5 December 2014 Young adults: Living and Learning in Recessional Times, BSA Meeting Room, London

Event co-hosted by University of Southampton, University of Kent and the BSA Youth Study Group. Ann Berrington presented the introduction: 'Aspirations and Realities for Living and Learning in the UK' and presented the following paper: 'Economic Precariousness and Young People's Housing Transitions'. Steve Roberts presented the following paper: 'Ethnicity and Teenager's Aspirations for College/Higher Education.' To view the slides from the presentations please see the event page.

30 October 2014 Insights 2014: Prospects for a Balanced Economy, Hoare Memorial Hall, Church House Conference Centre, Westminster Ann Berrington took part in the Panel discussion 'Balanced Recovery for People and Places' at this event.
14 July 2014 Making the 'Precariat': Unemployment, Insecurity and Work-Poor Young adults in Harsh Economic Conditions Conference, University of Leicester Presentation by Ann Berrington: 'Young adulthood: Aspirations and realities for living and learning in the 21st Century' written by ann M. Berrington, University of Southampton, Steve Roberts, University of Kent and Peter Tammes, University of Southampton
25-28 June 2014

European Population Conference (EPC) 2014

Budapest

Ann Berrington presented the following paper: 'Economic Precariousness and Leaving the Parental Home' written by Peter Tammes, University of Southampton; Steven Roberts, University of Kent; Ann M. Berrington, University of Southampton
23 May 2014 The effects of the crisis on young people - European Commission seminar Ann Berrington presented at this one-day seminar hosted by the European Commission in Brussels, on her research ''Young adults' living arrangements: The impact of economic uncertainty on leaving and returning home in the UK'.

The slides and programme for the event are available on the European Commission website.
1-3 May 2014 Annual Meeting of the Population Association of America (PAA), Boston (MA) Poster presentation by Ann Berrington and Peter Tammes: ‘Ethnic Differences in Pathways Out of the Parental Home: Second Generation Migrants in the U.K.
1 April 2014 Experian Mosaic launch event

Ann Berrington presented on 'UK population trends in the last 10 years'

16 December 2013 BSPS meeting - Estimating future household formation Ann Berrington presented a keynote talk on 'Changing living arrangements and household formations, a review '.
12 November 2013 What makes a boomeranger? Moving back in with mum and dad In November Ann Berrington gave an interview about recent and on-going work on Young Adults’ Transitions to Residential Independence using the British Household Panel Study and Understanding Society. The podcast is available on the Understanding Society website.
9-11 September 2013 BSPS conference, University of Swansea, 9-11 September 2013 Ann Berrington presented 'Pathways out of the parental home among second generation migrants in the UK', and Peter Tammes presented 'Economic precariousness and living arrangements among young adults in the UK'.
26-31 August 2013 IUSSP International Population Conference, Busan Ann Berrington presented a paper “Transitions to residential independence among young second generation migrants in the UK: The role of ethnic identity”. View the slides.
28-31 August 2013 European Sociological Association Conference, Turin Peter Tammes presented a paper “The Role of Global Recession in Increasing Inequalities in Young Adults’ Ability to Maintain Residential Independence”View the slides.
24-26 July 2013 Understanding Society Research Conference, Essex Ann Berrington gave a keynote talk “Changing dynamics of young adults’ household transitions: what can we learn from BHPS and Understanding Society?”. View the slides.
July 2013 New CPC Working Paper published Berrington, A. & Stone, J. (2013) Outlining a Future Research Agenda for Studies of Young Adults' Transitions to Residential Independence CPC Working Paper 38, ESRC Centre for Population Change, UK.
7 June 2013 NCRM ESRC-SDAI network event, London, 7 June 2013 Peter Tammes presented the project’s research proposal 'Young Adulthood: Aspirations and Realities for Living and Learning in the 21st Century'.
8-10 April 2013 Youth Studies Conference, Glasgow

Steve Roberts was a co-organiser of the conference. He organised a session on the “missing middle” (see recent special edition of Sociological Research Online) and presented a paper “Aspirations' and imagined futures: the impossibilities for Britain's young working classes”. Presentation slides available here. The paper was also a chapter in a book, entitled 'Class Inequality in Austerity Britain', co-edited by Dr Roberts.

Ann Berrington organised a session on Emerging Issues in Youth Mobilities and presented a think piece written with Juliet Stone about “The Future Agenda for Research on Young Adults’ Transitions to Residential Independence.” Paper available here.

 


 

 

 


 

 


 

 


 

 


 

 

 

 

Publications

Antonucci, L., Hamilton, M. and Roberts, S. (2014) Young People and Social Policy in Europe - Dealing with Risk, Inequality and Precarity in Times of Crisis. Palgrave Macmillan.  

Berrington, A., Roberts, S. and Tammes, P. (2016) Educational aspirations among UK young teenagers: exploring the role of gender, class and ethnicityBritish Educational Research Journal, (Online First View).

Berrington, A. & Stone, J. (2013) Outlining a Future Research Agenda for Studies of Young Adults' Transitions to Residential Independence CPC Working Paper 38, ESRC Centre for Population Change, UK.

Berrington, A. and Stone, J. (2014) Young adults' transitions to residential independence in Britain: the role of social and housing policy. In Antonucci, L., Hamilton, M. and Roberts, S. (eds) Young People and Social Policy in Europe - Dealing with Risk, Inequality and Precarity in Times of Crisis. Chapter 11, Palgrave Macmillan.

Berrington, A., Stone, J., Tammes, P., Roberts, S and Falkingham, F. (2014) Mechanics behind the boomerang generation. In Sagger, S. (ed.) Insights: 2014 Findings from the largest longitudinal study of UK households, Understanding Society, Chapter 1, Section 7, 18-19.

Berrington, A. and Tammes, P. (2014) Ethnic Differences in Pathways Out of the Parental Home: Second Generation Migrants in the U.K. Population Association of America 2014 Annual Meeting, Boston, MA, 1-3 May 2014.

Berrington A., Tammes, P. and Roberts, S. (2014) Economic precariousness and living in the parental home in the UK. CPC Briefing Paper 23, ESRC Centre for Population change, UK.

Berrington A., Tammes, P. and Roberts, S. (2014) Measuring economic precarity among UK youth during the recession. CPC Briefing Paper 22, ESRC Centre for Population change, UK.

Berrington, A. Tammes, P. and Roberts, S. (2014)  Economic Precariousness and Living in the Parental Home in the UK. CPC Working Paper 55, ESRC Centre for Population Change, UK.

Roberts, S.D. (2013) Youth studies, housing transitions and the ‘missing middle’: Time for a rethink? Sociological Research Online, 18 (3).   

Roberts, S.D. (2013) The reality of downward intergenerational mobility. Policy Network/ Center for American Progress, 141-146.

Roberts, S., Berrington, A. and Tammes, P. (2014) Educational aspirations among UK young teenagers: exploring the role of gender, class and ethnicity. CPC Briefing Paper 21, ESRC Centre for Population Change, UK.

Simpson, L. and Berrington, A. (2016) ‘Household Composition and Housing Need.’ In Champion, T. and Falkingham, J. (eds) Population change in the United Kingdom, Rowman & Littlefield International, London,  Chapter 7, 105-124.

 

Media activities

Multiple family households rise in the UK – Financial Times, 6 February 2014

What makes a boomeranger? Moving back in with mum and dad – Understanding Society website, 12 November 2013

You can browse all CPC media outputs and population-related articles from CPC members on our Scoop.it! page.