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SPPA Conference 2022

Food for our thoughts: the role of social pedagogy in sustainable wellbeing

The Social Pedagogy Professional Association [SPPA] is pleased to invite you to its annual conference which will take place on 20th October 2022, via a Live Broadcast from Kingston University, London (with in-person attendance optional). The SPPA annual conference is open to members and non-members. We welcome academics, policymakers, practitioners, students, pedagogues, artists and everyone interested in and/or passionate about social pedagogy from across a range of disciplines. 

About this year's topic: social pedagogy, wellbeing & mental health

This year’s conference will explore how social pedagogy can work holistically to sustain mental health, well-being, networks and localities in the broadest sense. We seek to look at what wellbeing and mental health mean openly and critically for different people in diverse contexts. From there, we will ask ourselves: How can we expand our views on what it is to be well and healthy and go beyond the individual medical model?

Beyond the medical and behaviourist models…

It’s the place, the smells and sounds, the people and habits we hold that are at the core of our sense of belonging and existence. When this experience is positive, we tend to care and want to sustain the environment that nourishes us. From this comfortable position, it seems easier to imagine the future and ourselves in it, we might even feel motivated to find ways to support causes and people in our networks.

Yet, when we or someone is unwell or struggles emotionally, a different picture emerges. We start feeling that something is not right, and we want to find solutions. In our desire to remove pain and suffering, we might try to intervene and control and we could end up losing sight of the bigger picture: that human beings are more than an individual mind and a body that needs to be fixed.

Join us to explore, discuss, learn and co-create together!

Who is this conference for

All those interested in a social pedagogic approach to delivering care, education and health services, from practitioners to policy makers, students, academics and artists.

You might be working in early childhood education and care, family support, youth work, foster care, social work, in day care services for older people, mental health services or residential childcare. There is a place in social pedagogy for all of you!

Ways to participate

a. Workshops

b. Lightning talks

c. Case Study Poster

The International Journal of Social Pedagogy (IJSP): 10 years celebration!

We thank the IJSP for their generous donation to this conference and we're looking forward to celebrating together 10 years of sharing social pedagogical ideas!

The IJSP board meeting will take place after the conference at the same venue.  


This year you have the option to attend the conference online or in person. We have different tickets depending on the form of attendance that you choose. 

All online tickets offer the opportunity to have an interactive and immersive experience by virtually attending the live event, there will be time for networking and you can access the recording after the event.

In-person tickets give you the opportunity to network with other people face to face, it includes complimentary coffee breaks, lunch and a SPPA tote bag.

We also have a special discounted rate for SPPA members, students, foster carers, and non-wage earners.

You can get your tickets on Eventbrite here:

or via invoice by emailing us at

Lightning talks


Dr Rachel Rosen
Shumela Ahmed
Lowis Charfe
Cath Barton
June O’Sullivan
Mandy Cuttler
Roger Hiley
Nathaniel David Spring
Debora Di Jorio
Rasheeqa Ahmad
Danielle DZA Ifakemi Osajivbe-Williams
Hannah Severn
Maddy Allen
Kate McCoy
Nou Ra
Ronan Bodley

Event Details


09:00 - 17:15

ONLINE: join via Zoom
Kingston University London
Kingston Hill campus, Kenry house
Address: Kingston Hill Campus, Kingston upon Thames, KT2 7LB

Online and in-person tickets available via Eventbrite
*special discounted rate for SPPA members, students, foster carers, and non-wage earners.