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'In my life' photo project: take part for Autumn 2019

The 'In my life' photography project provides an opportunity for Year 10 students in Japan and England to engage with social scientists & explore the important things, people and places in their lives over a 1-week period.

So far, two schools in Devon have taken part, and we are now visiting schools in Japan to prepare for their participation over Summer and Autumn 2019. Students in Devon have told us they liked taking part in the project as it guides them to self-reflect, realise and understand the important things in their lives. They also liked taking part in a project where they have autonomy, are not assessed, and are trusted to make their own decisions.

Most importantly, all students who took part said they enjoyed the project!

The 'in my life' project is part of Adolescent Sociality Across Cultures - an international research collaboration to understand the social lives of teenagers in Japan and England. We are looking for 2 more schools in the London or Essex area for October/November 2019. The project involves two 1-hr sessions with researchers, held 1 week apart, and all equipment (including cameras) will be provided.

Students will have the opportunity to publish their photos on the Adolescent Sociality website, and submit a photograph for an exhibition at University College London (planned for Summer 2019). Photographs from Japan and England will be published and exhibited together - so we hope it will be an interesting experience for students to compare the important things in teen lives across different settings!

If you are interested in taking part or would like more information, please contact Dr Emily Emmott at For examples of some photographs taken by students, see the video below or visit


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