Keynote speakers


Douglas Ragan: Chief Youth and Livelihood Unit, UN-Habitat

Douglas Ragan has worked in youth development at the local, national and international level for the past 30 years. Currently he is the Unit Leader for Youth and Livelihoods for UN-Habitat, managing UN-Habitat's Global youth development portfolio with projects in over 70 developing countries. The programmes focus on urban youth development, including youth employment, governance and participation. He manages three flagship youth programmes for UN-Habitat: the Urban Youth Fund, the Youth 21 initiative and the One Stop Youth Resource Centres. Doug has authored, co-authored and edited 17 research and policy publications on urban youth issues, the most recent being the Global Youth-Led Development series, representing some of the first research done on youth-led agencies in the developing world. Doug holds a Bachelors Degree in Latin American Studies, a Masters Degree in Management and is currently working to complete his PhD a focus on youth-led organizations in slums.

Professor Anoop Nayak, Newcastle University

Anoop Nayak is Professor in Social and Cultural Geography and currently Head of Department at Newcastle University. His research interests are in race and ethnic studies; youth culture and social class; and gender, masculinities and social transformations. He has published widely in these areas and is author of Race, Place and Globalization: Youth Cultures in a Changing World (2003 Oxford: Berg), co-author with Mary Jane Kehily of Gender, Youth and Culture: Global Masculinities and Femininities (2013 2nd Ed. Basingstoke: Palgrave MacMillan), and Geographical Thought (Routledge, 2013) with Alex Jeffrey. Anoop is currently researching the lives of Bangladeshi youth and has recently been awarded a grant to explore nationalism and post-nationalism amongst young people in England, Scotland and Wales.