Generations network

CPCS Associate Jennie Bristow, and University of Surrey Research Fellow Helen Kingstone, have been awarded a Wellcome Trust Small Grant in the Humanities and Social Sciences, running from October 2019 until August 2020.

The award provides funding to develop an interdisciplinary network of academics and Third Sector organisations actively working with ‘generation’, to map how this concept can best be used, and to improve understanding of the relationship between generations, wellbeing, and public policy.

The network aims to transform the ways that generation is discussed among scholars (where there is currently little dialogue between disciplinary fields that are using the concept in parallel but separate and contradictory ways), and between academics and policy-facing organisations. It further aims to transform the way that ‘generation’ is used in media and public policy discussions, promoting a more nuanced and constructive understanding.

The network will be developed via three sequential workshops:

  • Generations in the family and the problem of ‘parenting’.
    University of Surrey, January 2020.
  • Generational identities and the problem of ‘presentism’.
    Canterbury Christ Church University, April 2020.
  • ‘Generationalism’ and the problem of social policy.
    The Wellcome Collection, London, June 2020.

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For more information about the network and related workshops, contact Jennie Bristow and Helen Kingstone at

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