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CPPR Seminars

Waterloo CampusThe Centre for Public Policy Research holds regular seminar series. These provide a forum for the presentation and discussion of the work of leading scholars in relation to key issues in the field of public policy. The seminars draw on the social sciences and humanities disciplines and feature interdisciplinary work on a range of substantive foci. 


'Juniority' and the Chinese Communist Youth League’s Abortive Adaptation

Dr. Konstantinos Tsimonis

(Lau China Institute, King's College London)

 Tuesday 12th March 2019, 1-2pm

Room 2.46 Franklin Wilkins Building

Addressing Communist Youth League (CYL) cadres in 2003, Chinese President Hu Jintao called them to “work hard to keep the party assured and the youth satisfied”. In addition to indoctrinating, mobilizing, preparing young people for party membership and offering a career avenue for aspiring cadres, the former Chinese leader instructed the League to engage and respond to the needs and demands of its youth constituency as a means of cultivating support for the communist regime. This presentation will examine the efforts of the CYL to expand and professionalize its youth work during the Hu Jintao decade (2002-2012) that was characterized by the Chinese government’s emphasis on social policy. It will concentrate on the structural forms of Chinese youth’s subordination and the repercussions for League cadres’ efforts to increase responsiveness. The case of the CYL’s abortive adaptation offers a new perspective into youth politics in China and also showcases the ways generational subordination is institutionalized in government and policy, thereby opening avenues for comparison with communist and non-communist youth organizations elsewhere.



Konstantinos Tsimonis is a lecturer in Chinese Society at the Lau China Institute, KCL. His research interests concentrate on Communist Party institutions and organizations, and their experiences with adapting their mode of operation to serve old purposes and new goals in China’s rapidly changing socioeconomic context since Deng’s reforms. Under this broad theme, he has studied the evolution of the Chinese regime’s youth, feminist and labor organizations, and anticorruption institutions. He is currently working on a BA/Leverhulme funded project on Chinese State Owned Enterprises in Southeast Europe and their impact on labor standards in the region.


The Radical Education Group

The Radical Education Group is a group of postgraduate and post-doctoral students and academics at King’s College London, but we welcome anyone and everyone with an interest in radical education. We meet monthly to discuss an issue of radical educational theory and/practice, and/or the challenges involved in bringing about radical educational change.REG’s first meeting, held on January 24th, was on scholar activism.

The seminar was led by Dr Marlene Ellis, academic and co-Chair of the International Decade for People of African Descent. A video of Marlene’s talk can be accessed here. Marlene’s Race, Intersectionality and Post Compulsory Education: The Untold Story of Black Students will be published by Routledge in 2019.

For further information about REG please contact: Freya Aquarone, Nuala Burgess or Peter Burgess 

February 21st at 5.30pm (room tbc).

Sophie Christophy, children’s right activist, will talk about un-schooling and consent-based education.

March 11th at 2.00 pm (room tbc).
Aziz Choudry, author of Learning Activism (University of Toronto Press, 2015) 


CPPR Theory and Methods Workshops 2018-19

This group provides an opportunity for CPPR doctoral students and staff to come together in an informal and supportive atmosphere to grapple with methodological and theoretical issues of common interest. Each meeting is usually based on a methodological or theoretical topic or the ideas of one thinker. A relevant text is circulated in advance, with the participants taking turns to choose the reading and introduce the topic or thinker and possible themes for discussion. As far as possible we aim to choose texts and themes that have widespread relevance and significance. 

all Thursdays, 5.30-7pm:

7th Feb 2019 – 2/21 WBW

21 March – 2/19 WBW

2 May – 2/21 WBW

13th June – 3/7 WBW


Past CPPR events

  • Life in the Debt Trap – researching children and families’ experiences of poverty and problem debt in the UK - Dr Sorcha Mahony, The Children’s Society
  • The role of non-state actors in shaping education policy Dr Marina Cino Pagliarello
  • Professor Ihron Rensburg (Visiting Professor, KCL) - Society, Misrepresentation, Myth-making and Decoloniality”. 
  • Dr Aisha Hutchinson (University of Bedford). The impact of displacement on the nature and experience of child marriage: Syrian refugee communities in Jordan and Lebanon 
  • Dr Chae Young Kim (King’s College London) Rural children’s work and school education in the context of rapid economic growth in South Korea: changing times and changing values 
  • Professor Elizabeth Fernandez (University of New South Wales), Children in Poverty: Trends, Consequences and Responses
  • Presenter: Dr Stephan Schumann (University of Konstanz), Integrating Refugees into the German Educational System: the Role of Vocational Education and Training.

  • Presenter: Thomas Deissinger (Konstanz), The relationship between academic and vocational learning in the German education system - divergence of convergence?
  • Presenter: Caroline Sarojini Hart (University of Sheffield), Education, Capabilities and Sustainable Development– How do Aspirations Matter? 
  • Presenter: Anna Danielsson (King’s College London), A Critique Of The STEM Pipeline: Young People’s Identities In Sweden And Science Education Policy 
  • Presenter: Ye Liu (King’s College London), Women Rising as Half of the Sky? An Empirical Study on Women from the ‘One-Child’ Generation and Their Higher Education Participation in Contemporary China
  • PresenterCarl Parsons (University of Greenwich)
    Head teachers as the new missionaries: who is to lead on the scandal of child poverty as the major cause of low attainment? 
  • Presenters: Daniel Friedrich (Columbia University) The production of Global Problems in Education: the case of Teach For All. 
  • Presenters: Sorcha Mahony and David Ayre (The Children’s Society)
    Behind Cold Doors: The Experience of Fuel Poverty and How Research Can Be Used to Make a Difference in Fuel-Poor Homes. Monday 
  • Professor Becky Francis, King’s College London. Addressing the needs of working class pupils via experimental methods? Introducing the 'Best Practice in Grouping Students' project & How to Access Education Endowment Foundation Funding
  • Dr Simon Christmas, King’s College London.
    What’s the point of qualitative research? 
  • Nicholas Cowen "Whatever works? Evidence-based policy in the classroom
  • Dr Sheryl Clark, King's College London. Risk, Choice and Widening Participation: Young people’s responses to the changing context of higher education
  • Prof. Martin Thrupp (University of Waikato). Researching a big problem in a small country: National Standards in New Zealand schools (read more
  • Dr Lisl Fenwick, Australian Catholic University. The implementation of standards-based curriculum reforms to schooling in Australia: Early findings and implications (Read more)
  • Amanda Keddie, The University of Queensland. Matters of autonomy and accountability in the English schooling policy context: constraints and possibilities. (Read more)  
  • Martin Mills, University of Queensland, and Visiting Professor in the Centre for Public Policy Research. Engaging students: learning from the margins.
  • Dr Antonina Tereshchenko (British Academy Visiting Scholar to Centre for Public Policy Research, KCL& Post-Doctoral Researcher, University of Porto) Immigration, identity and belonging: Ukrainian youth in complementary ethnic schools in Portugal.
  • Dr Anna Zimdars (Lecturer in Higher Education, King’s Learning Institute, King’s College London). Admission to Oxford & Admission to the Bar: what is the influence of social background?
  • Youth, the City and Neoliberal Globalisation: a morning symposium.This symposium brought together urban scholar-activists and youth cultural workers for the presentation and discussion of original work examining the intersection of youth, urban space, neoliberalism, and the possibility of justice.
  • Christy Kulz (Goldsmiths College) 'Structure Liberates?': Making compliant, consumable bodies in a London secondary academy.
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