Members of the Pool of European Youth Researchers
Dr Sanna Aaltonen is a Senior Researcher at the Finnish Youth Research Society and an Adjunct Professor of Sociology at the University of Helsinki. She is a sociologist by discipline and her expertise covers youth transitions, inter-generational relations, young people and marginality, gender and social class analysis and qualitative methodologies. She has published in Young, Journal of Youth Studies, Sociology and Sociological Research Online among other journals and a report The relationship between youth and the welfare services (http://www.nordicwelfare.org/PageFiles/33168/relationship-webb.pdf) based on a project led by her was published in 2016 by the Nordic Welfare Centre. Her current research focuses on promotion of wellbeing among young adults not in education or employment and she works as a work package leader in a consortium project entitled Inclusive Promotion of Health and Wellbeing (PROMEQ) funded by the Strategic Research Council (SRC) of the Academy of Finland. She is the vice coordinator of the Youth and Generation Research Network of the European Sociological Association.
Maria Cristina Bacalso
Cristina Bacalso is the Research Coordinator for Youth Policy Labs, the leading global think-tank specifically focusing on youth hosted by the Berlin-based NGO Demokratie & Dialog e.V. Her role involves research and analysis work on survey development, key informant interviews, focus groups with children and young people, providing strategic and policy advice, and drafting reports on children and adolescence for technical assistance projects to international NGOs, UN agencies, and national governments. She is the project lead for Youth Policy Fact Sheets, profiling 193 countries and the current state of youth policies, youth rights, public institutions, civil society engagement, demographics, economic and legal contexts, using a combination of original primary research and secondary worldwide datasets. Cristina is a co-author of the Commonwealth's 2016 Youth Development Index, and is a member of the UNICEF expert group on adolescent participation.
Cristina has a wide background in policy, with nearly twelve years of experience in research and analysis in governmental and non-governmental sectors internationally, including with the governments of Canada, United States, and a UN-backed international tribunal, and has worked with youth in various civil society organisations, primarily as a youth leader and volunteer. Cristina has a BA Political Science, MA Development Studies and MA Public Policy, and has studied in Canada, and the Netherlands and Hungary, as an European Commission Erasmus Mundus Fellow.
Ondrej Barta is a freelance youth researcher whose assignments on both national and international level span from volunteering, through youth projects within the EU programmes, to youth participation. He also conducts evaluation on both national and international levels, focusing mostly on the macro level (youth policy), and on the micro level (single project evaluation). He has been long engaged within the RAY Research Network, and appears regularly on various research conferences where he tackles youth-related research findings.
David Cairns is a post-doctoral researcher based at the Centre for Research and Studies in Sociology, ISCTE-University Institute of Lisbon, Portugal. His main research interests are in the fields of youth, mobility and participation, including current projects exploring social inclusion in the Erasmus+ programme, highly qualified intra-European circulation and the impact of Brexit on European society. The author of over 100 publications, his most recent work is a book entitled, The Consequences of Mobility (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017), co-authored with Valentina Cuzzocrea, Dan Briggs and Luísa Veloso.
Dr Nuala Connolly is an experienced academic, lecturer and researcher in the fields of child, youth and family research. Nuala obtained her PhD in 2011 from UCD Ireland, focusing on the sociology of the Internet and technology. Nuala is currently employed as a Senior Researcher with the Learning and Development Service of Barnardos, Ireland’s leading children’s charity. Nuala is responsible for internal service evaluation and the coordination of external research nationally. Nuala has also been employed as a Postdoctoral Researcher at the UNESCO Child and Family Research Centre, National University of Ireland, Galway; and as a Lecturer in Social Research Methods and Researcher in the Centre for Youth Research and Development, Maynooth University.
Nuala has a wide range of experience in multi-method and multi-themed child, youth and family research, including longitudinal evaluation and field-based action research, informing policy and practice in the field of youth. This experience includes qualitative, quantitative and quasi-experimental methodologies, in addition to policy analysis, report-writing and peer-reviewed publication. Nuala has co-edited a book as part of the Youth Knowledge series of the Youth Partnership. Nuala was a member of the editing team preparing the Declaration of the 2nd European Youth Work Convention, and the drafting group preparing a Recommendation for the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe on youth work.
Aliona Cristei - researcher at the Institute of Public Policy from the Republic of Moldova, lecturer at the State University of Moldova, social analyst with strong experience in social and public policy analysis, evaluation and development of research methodologies in education, youth, social protection, public administration etc.
Aliona holds MSc in Sociology, at this moment she is PhD student at the State University of Moldova. Areas of research interest and expertise: Civic and youth participation, Democratic governance; Social inclusion; Student mobility; Migration; Education policy evaluation and the Quality of higher education; Gender; Youth Cooperation.
Assoc. Prof. Tomaž Deželan, PhD (University of Ljubljana, Slovenia)
Associate Professor of Political Science, Vice-Dean for Quality Assurance and Development and Jean Monnet Chair at the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Ljubljana. His research interests include citizenship, youth, political participation and representation, parliamentary cohesion, gender and political communication. He coordinates several EU and national research projects on youth, citizenship education and political participation, is a research partner of the Slovenian Erasmus + Youth in Action National Agency, and regularly performs evaluations of youth and citizenship policies, programmes and projects at national and international levels. He also acts as policy advisor for youth political participation of the Organization for the Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), European Youth Forum (EYF) and the International IDEA. He actively acts as higher education accreditation consultant. His bibliography includes more than 40 peer reviewed articles in international journals, more than 30 chapters in edited volumes and authored or co-authored more than 10 scientific monographs.
Irina Drexler, PhD, has a BA in English Language and Literature and Japanese Language and Literature, an MA in British Cultural Studies and a PhD in linguistics, with a focus on pragmatics, rhetoric and (critical) discourse analysis, in 2013 having been awarded an academic scholarship as visiting PhD candidate at the University of Vienna.
During her studies she was actively involved in educational projects for youth, quality assurance and policy writing activities at local and national level in the academic and NGO environment. Through her work within the Faculty Council, University Senate, University Administrative Bureau, University Senate Bureau and other decisional fora she gained more than 8 years’ experience in academic management and in drafting concise recommendations, regulations amendments and policy papers.
Observing the trend of resorting to digital tools for humanities research, she is one of the founding members (http://digihubb.centre.ubbcluj.ro/team/drexler.php) of the first digital humanities research centre in Romania (Transylvania Digital Humanities Research Centre – DigiHUBB), within Babeş-Bolyai University. She has also been involved in the coordination of a linguistics book, helped the editorial team of two academic journals and has been working as a sworn translator.
Keen on combining her academic background with her research work and civic engagements, she has been involved in national and international project-based activities organized in the framework of the No Hate Speech Movement (http://www.coe.int/en/web/no-hate-campaign) initiated by the Council of Europe. She is currently the national campaign coordinator of the No Hate Speech Movement in Romania.
Having in view the role of youth in preventing and combating violent extremism and radicalisation, and the importance of (critical) discourse analysis and rhetoric, she became interested in tackling hate speech through counter and alternative narratives. Working on and with social media platforms, she also became interested in Internet Governance. Thus, in 2016 she was asked to join the organizing team of workshop 1 on media and content for the EuroDIG event in Brussels, hosted by EURid in cooperation with the European Commission and the Council of Europe, while in 2017, together with the European coordinator of the No Hate Speech Movement, she is co-managing the process of organizing Plenary 2 on Internet in the post-truth era, for the same event, held in Tallinn.
Dr. Tahir Faradov: "I hold MA in Psychology from the Faculty of Psychology of Moscow State University (1979) and PhD in Sociology and Social Psychology from the Institute of Philosophy and Law of Azerbaijan National Academy of Sciences (1987).
Since 1980 I have been working as sociologist at various research institutions. Now I work as Director and Senior Research Fellow at the International Center for Social and Marketing Research (ICSMR) in Baku, Azerbaijan.
I was research consultant and coordinator in a large number of sociological research projects, commissioned by many national (Ministry of Education of Azerbaijan Republic, Azerbaijan State Committee for Family, Women and Children’s Affairs, The Center for Strategic Studies under the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan, Khazar University, Baku Family Planning Center, etc.) and international (UNICEF, UNDP, UNFPA, UNESCO, United Nation Volunteers (UNV), Asian Development Bank (ADB), The World Bank Group, etc.) organisations.
In 2004 I was Country Evaluator for Evaluation Mission for the “European Commission/Council of Europe Joint Programme to promote and strengthen democratic stability and prevent conflict in the South Caucasus” regarding its implementation in Azerbaijan.
I participated as Principal Investigator in several international research projects with a comparative perspective (“World Values Survey (WVS) in Azerbaijan”, “European Values Study (EVS) in Azerbaijan”). Currently I am Coordinator and Researcher for Azerbaijan within the project “Opportunities and Barriers at the Transition from Education to Work. A Comparative Youth Study in Azerbaijan, Georgia and Tajikistan”, coordinated by the Department of Sociology, University of Bamberg, Germany (2015-2018).
I took part in a considerable number of sociological surveys on youth issues, including such topics, as “Civic and Political Participation among Young Women in the Rural Areas of Azerbaijan”, “Interethnic Tolerance among Young People in Azerbaijan”, “Civic Identity and Citizenship of Youth in Contemporary Azerbaijan”, “Political Culture and Moral Orientations of Contemporary Azerbaijani Youth”, “Youth Attitudes Towards the Quality of Education in Universities of Azerbaijan”, “Perception of HIV/AIDS Issues among Young Women in the Rural Areas of Azerbaijan”.
I have co-ordinated two EU-funded projects (“Leadership School for Young Women in the Rural Areas of Azerbaijan”, European Commission, European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights (EIDHR), Country-based support scheme in Azerbaijan, 2009-2010; “HIV/AIDS Prevention Among Young Women in the Rural Areas of Azerbaijan: Socio-Cultural Approach to Education, Awareness Raising and Empowerment”, European Commission, Development Cooperation Instrument (DCI): Investing in People - Good health for all, 2012-2014) and one CE-funded project (“School of Tolerance: Education of Youth for Interethnic Respect, Confidence and Mutual Understanding”, Confidence-Building Measures (CBM) Programme, Council of Europe/Conseil de l'Europe, 2005-2006).
I am a Member of the Board of the Azerbaijan Sociologists’ Association.
Marina Galstyan majored in Sociology, graduated from Yerevan State University (BA and MA diplomas). Currently Marina is a PhD student in Sociology at Yerevan State University. Marina has solid experience in qualitative and quantitative research. She is engaged in practical and scientific studies for over 7 years. Since 2013 she is head of Youth Studies Institute. As a director of the Institute Marina managed several youth studies: The issues of youth employment in Armenia, Mapping of the youth NGOs, and Research on youth work and youth worker, Evaluation of the youth state policy strategy. Marina has extensive record in working with the UN Agencies (UNDP, UNICEF) in Armenia; youth organisations and International donors (OSI, Save the Children International).
She authored over 30 research articles, reports, book chapters, and policy reports on youth employment, inclusive education, civic education, child rights, and higher education.
Julia Galustian is a professional sociologist, has a PhD in Sociology. Sphere of scientific interests are current issues of youth, the situation of young people in the labour market, health promotion, gender issues. For several years, she is a contributing author of the annual State report to President of Ukraine and Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine on the situation of youth in Ukraine. Julia is a coach of the youth programs. She combines the scientific activities in the field of youth research with teaching. She teaches a course on sociology of youth too. In Ukraine Julia Galustian is one of the first researchers in the field of youth, especially in the study of problems of vulnerable groups among youth. Within 2 years (2005-2007), she was a member of the working group of the Council of Europe on issues of social inclusion. Julia has more than 60 scientific papers in the field of studies of youth and gender issues.
Dr. Alena Ignatovitch, PhD, Associate Professor of the Youth Policy and Sociocultural Communications Chair (National Institute for Higher Education, Minsk); Member of Association of Professors Of Slavonic Countries (APSC); Member of the Council Board of the Association of Youth Workers (the Republic of Belarus); Member of the Editorial Board of “Social Behavior Research and Practice Open Journal” (USA).
I consider my work in the youth field as a combination of research, practice and legislation. I have expertise in drafting local legal acts and analytical reports (e.g. Annual National Report "On the situation of youth in the Republic of Belarus"; Strategies of the State Youth Policy in the Republic of Belarus (2015–2020); Educational Standards of the Republic of Belarus in the specialty of retraining of executives and specialists with higher education, etc.).
I authored more than 70 academic, legislative and methodological publications reflecting my research interests: fostering youth employment; developing social inclusion of various minor youth groups; promoting evidence-based youth policy; realizing continuity and integrity of education; creating educational multicultural environment.
Ewa Krzaklewska is a sociologist and a researcher. She is affiliated to the Sociology Institute at Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland, where she teaches courses concerning methodology of the social research and data analysis. Her doctoral thesis focuses on the on the topic of entrance to adulthood in Poland. She has many academic publications, on topics such as entrance to adulthood, international mobility, youth issues and migration.
Ewa took part in several research projects, mostly concerning educational and youth issues (such as ESNSurvey). Other studies she participated in concerned e.g. Bologna Process, social economy, or reconciliation of work and family life, ‘Gender and Economic Choice' (for the World Bank). In 2008 she was a member of the High Level Expert Forum on Mobility for the European Commission.
Sofia Laine is a university researcher at the University of Helsinki, Finland. She is an adjunct professor in Youth Studies at the University of Tampere, Finland. Her multidisciplinary research has focused on young people, political engagements and democracy in multiple European and global settings. Her ongoing research focuses on the volunteering among the refugees. This project goes hand-in-hand with her membership in the “Young refugees and youth work” expert group at the Youth Partnership. She is one of the three editors of the anthology that explores young refugees and youth work around the Europe (will be published by the end of the year 2017). During the years 2012-2017 she was part of two research projects that examined youth political engagement in North Africa: YoPo [http://blogs.helsinki.fi/yopo-africa/] and the SAHWA Project [www.sahwa.eu] – this is the background for her active engagement in the Euro-Med Youth Partnership.
The Netherlands / Greece
Stefanos Mastrotheodoros studied Psychology (BSc) and Clinical Psychology (MSc) at the University of Athens, Greece. In 2015 he obtained a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the same university. His doctoral dissertation was based on a short-term longitudinal study on the interplay between the development of personal identity, romantic relationships, and psychological well-being during adolescence. During his post-graduate studies, he also took part in the design and coordination of three large scale studies (two of which were longitudinal) on immigrant youth adaptation in Greece. His main research interests revolve around adolescent development and adaptation. From 2010 until 2015 he worked clinically with adolescents and young adults. Currently he works as a Ph.D. researcher (doing a second Ph.D.) in Utrecht University, the Netherlands, studying the development and the determinants of parenting. During his studies, he has gained strong statistical skills in analysing longitudinal data, using statistical packages such as Mplus, AMOS, and R.
Maurizio Merico is Associate professor at the University of Salerno (Italy) where he currently teaches “Sociology of cultural processes” and “Sociology of Education”. He holds a PhD in sociology (2001) and received a Fulbright grant (2005). He is Editor in chief of the “International Bulletin on Youth Research” (ISA-RC34 “Sociology of Youth”) and Deputy Chairman of “GENESIS - Generation and Educational Science Institute” (Austria). His research focuses on theoretical approaches in youth studies, life trajectories, youth cultures, education and youth work. He has been involved – as participant and coordinator – in researches and projects at local, national and European level. He has extensively published on youth, youth cultures, youth policies and education. Among his publications: European Youth Studies. Integrating research, policy and practice, edited with L. Chisholm and S. Kovacheva (2011), and Youth Work, Non-Formal Education and Youth Participation, edited with D. Morciano and F. Scardigno (2015).
Director - People, Dialogue and Change
Associate Director - The Centre for Children and Young People’s Participation
Dan is an expert in the field of youth participation, with over 18 years experience working with children, young people and families in both the voluntary, public, for-profit and academic sectors.
He is an experienced researcher, evaluator and writer with a research focus on children and young people's participation and using participatory research techniques to enable young people to influence policy and strategy. He is an Associate Director at the University of Central Lancashire’s Centre for Children and Young People’s Participation, the only research centre in the world focused exclusively on participation. Dan is co-author of a book for Palgrave Macmillan on children and young people’s participation, citizenship and intergenerational relations and is currently undertaking his professional doctorate on collaborative knowledge production between young people and adults.
Dan is a Director of People Dialogue and Change, a consultancy providing capacity building services for organisations who wish to develop their approach to youth participation and youth engagement. He has led work on behalf of UK Youth Parliament, The Council of Europe, The British Youth Council, The Department of Health, NHS-NW, Government Office for the North West, The Railway Children as well as a variety of local authorities, voluntary organisations and research institutions in the UK, and across Europe
Magda Nico has a PhD in Sociology (University Institute of Lisbon), with a thesis entitled “Transitions to Adulthood in Portugal and Europe in the Life Course Perspective”. She is currently a postdoctoral researcher at CIES (ISCTE-IUL) where she developed a project on “Family Portraits of Contemporary Portugal: generations, life courses and social mobility”, and a follow-up qualitative study on young adults before and “after” the Portuguese crisis (2009-2017).
She is the author of the chapters “Beyond ‘Biographical’ and ‘Cultural Illusions’ in European Youth Studies: Temporality and Critical Youth Studies” (Brill, 2014); and Young People of the ‘Austere Period’: Mechanisms and Effects of Inequality over Time in Portugal (co-authored, Palgrave Macmillan), and the articles “Romantic turning points and patterns of leaving home: contributions from qualitative research in a southern European country”(European Societies), “Variability in the transitions to adulthood in Europe: a critical approach to destandardization of the life course" (Journal of Youth Studies, 2013), among others.
She is an Editor-in-chief in the “Needles in Haystacks: finding a way forward for Cross-Sectoral Youth Policy” Youth Knowledge Book and an editor in the “Learning Mobility and Social Inclusion” book of the same series, both coming out in 2017 . She is also the author if the paper "Life is Cross-sectoral. Why woulnd't Youth Policy Be?" (2014, EU-CoE youth partnership) and the analytical paper “Youth Inequalities: intersections, comparisons and accumulations” (2016, EU-CoE youth partnership).
Lars Norqvist is a researcher, teacher and trainer within various forms of education. His research work is based on his experiences of working as a teacher in school (formal education) and as a trainer in organised education and learning outside of school (non-formal education for non-profit organisations and associations).
Lars holds a PhD in Educational work. His thesis; Framing Perceived Values of Education – When perspectives of learning and ICTs are related, is grounded in two studies; one in formal education and one in non-formal education. In both studies the learners’ (participants’/childrens’) expressions of what learning is or how they learn, has guided the research towards understanding perceived values of learning and influences of the perceived value of education when perspectives of learning and ICTs are related.
Lars is also selected and nominated as expert researcher for the European Training Strategy Advisory Group (ETS AG) within Erasmus+: Youth in Action. The role of the European Training Strategy Advisory Group (ETS AG) is to follow up, exchange on and discuss the developments of the European Training Strategy in the field of Youth (www.salto-youth.net/trainingstrategy), including European and national developments related to relevant aspects, of quality development of youth work and non- formal and informal learning.
Guro Ødegård, PhD in sociology, Research Director at Norwegian Social Research, Department of Youth Research
Ødegård’s research interests are related to young people’s civic engagement and participation in politics and voluntary associations. From this field her key works focuses especially on social inequality in participation and mechanism of inclusion and exclusion in voluntary organization among young people with an immigrant background. Currently Ødegård has been study how lowering the voting age to 16 appear to influence voter turnout among young people. She is also part of the Norwegian research team that is participating in the IEA International Civic and Citizenship Study (ICCS).
Maria-Carmen Pantea, PhD, holds an MSc in Evidence-Based Social Interventions at Oxford and an MA with Merit in Gender Studies at CEU. She authored over 60 research articles, chapters, book reviews and policy reports on youth entrepreneurship, social exclusion, volunteering and the Roma. She was evaluator/ proposal assessor for several European programs related to education and non-formal learning (Erasmus+, COST, Marie Curie) and held coordination roles at major European conferences on youth. Consultant/ evaluator for EACEA, EU-CoE Youth Partnership, SALTO-YOUTH, DG-GROW, European Youth Foundation, European Youth Forum, UNIFEM, CSES Kent (on behalf of DG-MARKT and DG-Empl) among others. Maria-Carmen received five research prizes from the Romanian Executive Agency for Higher Education and Research. In 2016 she was awarded a UBB Advanced Fellowship (Research) from the Star-UBB Institute. She is Lecturer at "Babes-Bolyai" University, where she coordinates a research project on vocational education and training in Romania.
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Lana Pasic holds MPhil in Development Studies from the University of Oxford, where she specialised on the topic of Children, Youth and Development. She also graduated from the Joint Masters degree in Comparative Local Development at the University of Trento, Italy and BAdmin (Hons) degree in International Relations at the University of Pretoria, South Africa. She works as Development Consultant and is currently engaged as a Researcher with SALTO-Youth and Copywriter/Editor with UNDP BiH.
Lana has experience working with young people from all continents, within academia, research and NGO sector. She has worked in the area of youth participation and engagement, governance, youth in post-conflict and transition context, prevention of youth radicalisation, education, inequality, inclusion and SRHR.
Sladjana PETKOVIC is the result driven European youth expert and UN Consultant experienced in providing expert advise to governments, supra-national institutions (EC, CoE) and international organisations (UNICEF, UNDP, IOM) in applying knowledge based and human centred approaches in developing and implementing policies targeting adolescents and youth in ECIS and Neighbouring regions.
Sladjana holds MSc in Psychology and Joint European Master in Comparative Local Development. She is specialised in Developmental Youth Work and Social Education and in The Local Government and Public Service Reform.
Sladjana demonstrates a high level of professional integrity and commitment to advocating for an innovative approaches to policy and programatic design such as: Foresight; Design Thinking; Theory of Change; UPSHIFT; Behavioural Economics.
Areas of research interest and expertise:Democracy and democratic governance; citizenship and youth participation; youth transitions to autonomy; adolescent wellbeing; social inclusion; youth employment and entrepreneurship; youth work and non formal education; eross-sectoral co-operation; quality/assessment/impact and evaluation in the youth field.
Professor Gary Pollock is Head of the Department of Sociology at Manchester Metropolitan University. He was coordinator of the FP7 MYWEB project which established the feasibility of a Europe wide longitudinal survey of child and young people’s well-being (https://fp7-myweb.eu). Gary was also co-initiator of the FP7 MYPLACE project (https://myplaceresearch.wordpress.com) which was a multi method project exploring young people and politics across Europe. He directly managed three work packages, including a representative sample survey in each of the 14 partner countries. Gary led the survey element of the INTAS funded project (Youth transitions and their family household contexts in the South Caucasus), coordinating complex retrospective longitudinal quantitative surveys in six locations across Georgia, Azerbaijan and Armenia (http://pjp-eu.coe.int/en/web/youth-partnership/youth-employment-and-the-future-of-work). He was a founder member and Deputy coordinator of the European Sociological Association Youth and Generation Research Network (1995-2009). His expertise is in the quantitative analysis of survey data on young people and their life trajectories, particularly using longitudinal techniques. He has pioneered the use of Multiple Sequence Analysis which has been added to the TraMineR package.
Dunja is a sociologist, a Scientific Associate at the Institute for Social Research in Zagreb with background in both policy and research. She obtained her Ph.D. with a thesis on intergenerational social mobility. She has been working in youth research for 14 years, which includes both qualitative and quantitative surveys and experience in youth policy development and monitoring. Her main research areas include (un)employment and entrepreneurship, education, interrelation between education and labour market, social structure, inter and intra generational mobility, IT and networks and science and research policy. She has also taken part in surveys on youth mobility, information and discrimination. She has taken part in more than 30 surveys, majority of which were policy driven or resulted in a policy document. Besides rich experience in cooperation with the national governmental and non-governmental institutions and organisations, Dunja has also been working with the European Commission, the Council of Europe, UNDP, the European Training Foundation, ERYICA and the European Youth Forum. She is a member of the Pool of the European Youth Researchers, which is jointly coordinated by the European Commission and the Council of Europe, since 2011.
Sandra Roe is an Independent Social Researcher who specialises in research involving children and young people. She holds an M.Sc. in Applied Social Research from Trinity College Dublin. Sandra is a member of the Department of Children and Youth Affairs (DCYA) Research Panel and regularly conducts research on behalf of the DCYA, other government departments and youth and community organisations in Ireland. Sandra has been the National Researcher for Ireland for the last four cycles of the ‘Structured Dialogue’ process, an instrument to ensure that the opinion of young people is taken into account in defining youth-related policies of the European Union. She also worked as a Researcher on ‘Growing up in Ireland’, the National Longitudinal Study of Children in Ireland. Sandra’s research interests include youth participation, social inclusion and recreation.
Associate Prof. Dr. Ozgehan Senyuva is an experienced researcher in European studies, specialising on Youth Work and Education and Formal/Non-formal training. He comes from the field of youth work and worked many years as a volunteer, workcamp leader, trainer and youth policy advocate. As a researcher he has been specialising on multi-country surveys on learning mobility, youth culture, employability and competence development. He also works on public opinion, politics and sociology of European football and Euro-Mediterranean relations. Among many publications, he is one of the authors of T-Kit 10 Educational Evaluation in Youth Work. In 2015-2017, he was one of the researchers of Sahwa project (sahwa.eu) focusing on Arab-Mediterranean Youth and since 2013, he is one of the national research partners of the Ray project (research-youth.net). He is a member of the Steering Group of the European Platform on Learning Mobility.
Adina Marina Șerban (Calafateanu)
Adina Marina Șerban (Calafateanu), PhD in Political Sciences (Comparative European Youth Policies in Romania and Turkey), with extended expertise in grassroots youth work and youth work methodologies and practices, youth participation methodologies and inclusion policies. MA in Comparative European Social Studies (MACESS) at London Metropolitan University, holding a BA in Political Sciences and one in Social Work – University of Bucharest. Her research interests are in the field of social policies for young people,structured dialogue and participatory youth structures, youth led movements, as well as into the transfer mechanisms of European policies and programmes to the local realities.
Madalena Sousa, is a professional in the Youth Sector with more than 8 years of experience from the Portuguese National Youth Council to the European Students’ Forum (AEGEE-Europe) where had the chance to work on research, policy development and project management mainly in topics related with education, web-entrepreneurship, mobility, citizenship, environment, quality and recognition of youth work. Working closely with a wide array of stakeholders ranging from European Parliament, Council of Europe (including NSC-Council of Europe), European Commission, NGOs, private sector and higher education institutions.
Throughout her academic path has been participating in different research projects aligning her experiences with the needs from the ground, becoming an expert in qualitative data analysis and multivariate statistics.
She did her Master of Science in Educational Sciences at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. Her Master Thesis focused on Stimulating Lifelong Learning through NFE: Recognition of Core Competences of the Youth Worker as an Educator. Currently working in the Educational Sciences Department of this University where she continues in touch and involved in research group activities of the department and the research group - BILD: Brussels center for Innovation, Learning and Diversity.
During Bachelor degree in Social Education, have participated in a research project online and offline participative evaluation at the Faculty of Education of the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (Brazil) and her Dissertation focused on Youth participation in international projects: social economy fostering community development.
Dragan Stanojević, (1978) holds a PhD in Sociology and is Assistant Professor in Sociology of Family, Sociology of Youth and Research Design at University of Belgrade, Faculty of Philosophy, Department of Sociology.
More than 10 years of doing social research in Serbia and the SEE region, and participation in national and international research projects. His research and policy work is focused on family relations, youth and children, education, social inequalities, social inclusion and life course patterns. Conducting research on formal and informal education, study efficiency as well as the relationship between education and the world of work. Strong expertise and extensive experience in design and implementation of quantitative and qualitative surveys, and familiarity with international methodologies: LSMS, LFS, MICS, SILC, Time use surveys, World values survey, European social survey, etc.
My academic status and my experience in Youth Work create a background that harmoniously combines Formal and Non Formal Education. Economist, holding a Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Economics of Education and currently Ph.D. candidate at the University Of Western Macedonia (UOWM) in Greece focused on the research of efficiency and effectiveness of the Greek educational system. Since 2011 I am teaching at the UOWM as Specialized Research Associate courses of ‘Entrepreneurship and Innovation’ while offering Career Advises and Consulting Services to Graduate Students as Assistant Director at the UOWM’s Career Office. I have several scientific publications related to Youth, Social Entrepreneurship, Entrepreneurship Education, Youth Unemployment, Efficiency and Effectiveness measuring tools. I have participated, worked and volunteer in several European and national projects and researches since 2008. I am member of the Council of Europe Pool of Trainers, member of the British Council Greece pool of trainers, member of SALTO pool of trainers and Erasmus+ evaluator in Education and Training for the State Scholarships Foundation (ΙΚΥ) in Greece.
Marti Taru has been working in the areas of youth work, youth work evaluation, public policy, young people and youth policy, also youth participation, youth and labor market issues. He has been involved in a range of European Commission funded crossnational research projects (FP5, FP7, Horizon2020) in the role of researcher and work-package coordinator. Cross-national projects where he is currently involved include Horizon2020 funded project Except (www.except-project.eu) which focuses on youth and unemployment, an Erasmus+ funded project on evaluation and communication of youth work in European Union and RAY network (http://www.researchyouth.eu/) which focuses on learning mobility supported by Erasmus+. He has been involved also in applied research projects at municipal, national, crossnational and European level in the areas mentioned above. Marti Taru has contributed to several volumes in the Knowledge book series, both as an author and as an editor. The latest book, where he appears as a co-editor with Magda Nico, is titled "Needles in Haystacks". Finding a way forward for cross-sectoral youth policy". Marti Taru is nominated as the national correspondent of Estonia to the EKCYP network.
Laden Yurttagüler Akkuş
My research areas consist of two main subjects. First of them is the participation of young people in the decision-making processes in different institutions including the parliament, governing bodies and CSOs. On this subject, I’ve focused on the involvement of young people in the representative democratic processes. I’m working on “volunteering as a way of empowerment” of young people. I’m also involved with the development of educational methods for the improvement and promotion of active citizenship and participation both in formal and non-formal educational settings. My second area of research is the relationship between social rights and young people. On this topic, I’ve particularly focused on the accessibility of social services by young people, social exclusion, family policies and autonomy of young people.
I studied Mathematics and Philosophy but work as a youth researcher since 1997. My main fields of interest are youth cultures, political participation of young people as well as attitudes and values. Furthermore I am active in evaluation studies on youth policy and on the implementation of preventive concepts and health promotion in youth work.
From 1997 to 1999 I was researcher at the Austrian Institute for Youth Research where I became scientific director in 2000. From 2001 to 2013 I worked in the fields of research and knowledge transfer at the private research organisation jugendkultur.at in Vienna. Since 2013 I am engaged at the Danube-University Krems in the Department for Migration and Globalization as researcher and lecturer. Furthermore I am lecturer at various teacher training colleges in Austria.
Already in the late 1990s I was involved in the network of experts on youth research and one of the national correspondents for the EKCYP since its start.
In the year 2007 I was raporteur in the Council of Europe international review team for the national youth policy in Hungary and four years later for the international review of the youth policy in Belgium.