Youth Research

Traditions fall apart. Young people's behaviour, consciousness and identity are in many ways different from those of previous generations. Now, a complex pattern of change sets its mark on educational institutions, democratic organisations and on the labour market. 

The Centre for Youth Research's vision is to engage in high quality research that makes a difference.

Our objectives are to:

  • Be an agenda-setting research centre in Denmark and internationally for research into youth and the lives of young people
  • Commit research that involves the perspective of the youth, which runs across and in depth of the different aspects of youth - empirically and theoretically
  • Commit interdisciplinary and problem-oriented research that is of relevance to the society and can be converted and used in practice which in the end will benefit the youth
  • Be a research centre that enters into a dialogue and collaboration with the users of the youth research - including the association behind the centre

The Centre for Youth Research (CeFU) presently works in five areas from primarily sociological, cultural anthropological, pedagogical and socio-psychological angles. The five areas of interest are: Youth and work, youth and education, youth and democracy, youth and marginalization, youth, health and lifestyle.


The centre is managed by Centre Director and Professor MSO Noemi Katznelson and Deputy Manager and Associate Professor Niels Ulrik Sørensen. In addition, there is a number of staff associated with the ongoing projects. You can find a list of our researchers here.


In January 2000, The Centre for Youth Research was established on the initiative of The Danish Youth Council and affiliated with Roskilde University. An association representing members from central institutions, organisations, and enterprises supports the centre. The association was established prior to the centre.

The Centre for Youth Research was partnered with Learning Lab Denmark at The Danish University of Education (DPU) in the summer of 2004, but as of September 2008 the centre became a part of The Institute of Pedagogy.

In the summer of 2013 The Centre for Youth Research moved to the Department of Learning and Philosophy at Aalborg University (AAU) to have even better conditions for continuing its work. AAU is a postgraduate university that conducts research and offers programs of study spanning the entire field of educational studies.

Kontakt forskere

Noemi Katznelson
Telefon: (+45) 2068 6680

Mette Stigaard Stenkjær
Telefon: (+45) 2029 4629

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