The Centre for Youth Research

Youth Research

The lives of young people are changing in the light of current societal changes. Changes that are profoundly affecting the world of youth and most areas of life including participation in institutions, democratic organizations and the labour market. The ambition of The Danish Centre for Youth Research is to understand these changes and how they affect the youth today.

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

Our objectives are:

    • Being an agenda-setting research centre in Denmark and internationally for research in youth and the lives of young people
    • Doing research that involves the perspectives of the young people, which runs across and in depth of the different aspects of youth - empirically and theoretically
    • Doing 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 young people
    • Being a research centre that enters into a dialogue and collaboration with the users of the youth research - including the association behind the centre

The Danish Centre for Youth Research (CeFU) are presently working 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/participation, youth and marginalization and youth, health and lifestyle.


The centre is managed by Centre Director and Professor Noemi Katznelson and Deputy Manager and Professor Niels Ulrik Sørensen. The management is backed up by a project manager group consisting of five associate professors. In addition, there is a number of employees associated with the ongoing projects. You can find a list of our researchers here.


In January 2000 The Danish 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, organizations and enterprises support the centre. The association was established prior to the centre.

In the summer of 2013 The Danish Centre for Youth Research moved to Aalborg University (AAU) in Copenhagen to obtain even better conditions for continuing its work, and the centre is presently located at the Deparment of Culture and Learning. AAU is a postgraduate university that conducts research and offers programs of study spanning the entire field of educational studies.


Noemi Katznelson 
Telefon: (+45) 2068 6680

Mette Stigaard Stenkjær
Telefon: (+45) 2029 4629