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Current Projects

We are currently conducting a systematic scoping review on adolescence in the Evolutionary Social Sciences, while finishing up the "In My Life" photovoice project. We are also supporting research projects by our student members.

Find out more below.

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Piles of Books

Adolescence in the Evolutionary Social Sciences: Systematic Scoping Review

Led by Dr Emily Emmott

Despite its theoretical importance, the extent of research on adolescence within the evolutionary social sciences is currently unclear. We are therefore working to provide an overview of current empirical academic research on adolescence within the evolutionary social sciences. 

See our scoping review protocol here.


"In My Life" Photovoice Project in Japan and England

Led by Dr Emily Emmott and Dr Masahito Morita

Using photovoice methods, the aim of this project is to understand adolescent lives from their own perspectives, helping us design meaningful and relevant cross-cultural research in the next phase. So far, teenagers from 8 schools across 5 areas in Japan and England have taken part to share their views. We are currently analysing and writing up the results. 

Take a look at the project photos here.

Sports Shoes

Pubertal Development, School Environment and Sports Participation among Girls

Led by Yudai Tokumasu as part of his PhD at University of Tokyo

Sports participation among girls in are lower than boys across cultures, with potential implications for physical and mental health. Pubertal development has been identified as one possible barrier for girls. Using data from Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children, this project investigates the relationship between pubertal development (physical and hormonal changes) and sports participation, and whether school environments influence this relationship.


Conceptualisation of femininity among adolescents in London, England

Led by Imogen Hensler as part of her MRes at University College London

How people perceive femininity (and masculinity) can have profound impacts on their engagement in the world. As adolescence is an important period for identify development in the West, their conceptualisations and experiences of femininity may have implications on their notions of self. Through focus groups in London, this project aims to better understand how adolescents understand femininity and its impact as they transition into adulthood.

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