POSTED: December 8, 2018
© CUSP, Photography by Dean Whiting /

Young lives in seven cities


London, November 2018—January 2019

In our CYCLES research we have been listening to young people around the world talk about their everyday lives, including what they like about where they live and what they might like to change. We wanted to understand the possibilities for young people to live flourishing urban lives in sustainable ways. To do this, our research teams spoke with young people aged 12-24 in seven very different cities – Lambeth in London UK, Christchurch in New Zealand, Dhaka in Bangladesh, New Delhi in India, São Paulo in Brazil, Grahamstown in South Africa and Yokohama in Japan.

We asked them to tell us about the kind of food they eat and where they get it from, about how they get around their city and away, how they spend their leisure time, what their home life is like, and about work and school. We also asked them to take photos and make drawings to illustrate their stories and we will be sharing these images in the form of an exhibition.

Following our opening on 7 November 2018 as part of the ESRC Festival of Social Science, the exhibition is on show until the end of January. Hard copies of our catalogue are available at The Foundry. The material can also be accessed online.

“The sun that rises in São Paulo is setting in Yokohama. In London, it is still yesterday; in Christchurch, it is already tomorrow. In seven cities around the world, young people face an uncertain future. These are their images. This is their story.”


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