My first research project was as an undergraduate student at Voronezh State University in Russia, where I got involved with an activist group running cross-cultural art projects and working with young people. Since then I have worked on digital politics projects for young people, STEM engagement and talked to young people across the UK about elections, voting, activism, the urban uprisings of 2011, Brexit and the 'youthquake' in 2017.
My PhD was in everyday politics and I worked with young people to make portfolios of digital photos of the places where they live, in order to build conversations about democracy, getting together to make things better, and the ways they felt they fit into (or were left out of) society in the UK.
Right now I am working on young activism, and especially young people's climate activism.
I have also served as expert consultant to the European Youth Forum and constituent national bodies on their campaign in favour of the Vote at 16.
'The classroom remains the most radical space of possibility in the academy' - bell hooks.
Teaching is foremost about working with others to think about things in our world that could be improved, ways we could improve them, and finding ways (when we can) to go ahead and get things done.
'We just have to convince other people that they have power... once they participate, they get their sense of power' - Dolores Huerta.
(For more words from Dolores Huerta on dissent, activism and democracy click here)
Dr Benjamin Bowman - PhD, MRes, MA, BA (Hons), MPSA, AFHEA
As Teaching Fellow for Comparative Politics at the University of Bath, I taught:
I worked for the projects I'm a Scientist, Get me out of Here! and I'm a Councillor, Get me out of Here!. I was special adviser to the European Youth Forum campaign for Votes at 16 including a debate at the European Parliament in Strasbourg. I have also worked with local government, human rights groups and young activist groups in the UK, the USA and in Russia.
I've also written manuals for mobile phones, worked in tech support, as a bar supervisor, a laboratory smell tester, riveting aircraft parts on an assembly line, at a supermarket deli and other service jobs.
B. Bowman (2019). Imagining future worlds alongside young climate activists: a new framework for research. Fennia - International Journal of Geography. 197(2), pp.295-305.
B. Bowman (2014). 2011: Young rioters and imagined revolution in the British Utopia of Calm. Postcolonial Studies. 17(1), pp.90-103.
B. Bowman (2019). Researching the Politics of Everyday Life With Young People Using Creative Methods. In: SAGE Research Methods Cases in Political Science and International Relations. SAGE Publications Ltd,