Our team

The DDRC would be nothing without the team of researchers standing behind it. We all work in the Centre for Childhood and Youth Research at the University of Luxembourg. Here you can discover our team.

Management and secretariat

Samuel Robin

Robin Samuel

Prof. Dr Robin Samuel is Associate Professor and Director of the Center for Childhood and Youth Research (CCY) at the University of Luxembourg.

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Simone Charles

Simone Charles is Administrative Assistant at the Centre for Childhood and Youth Research (CCY) at the University of Luxembourg.

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Katia Ziadi

Katia Ziadi is Administrative Assistant for the HBSC survey at the Centre for Childhood and Youth Research (CCY) at the University of Luxembourg.

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Scientific team

Sandra Biewers Grimm

Dr Sandra Biewers Grimm is a pedagogue with a Master’s degree in Social Management and a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Centre for Childhood and Youth Research (CCY) at the University of Luxembourg.

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Carolina Catunda

Dr Carolina Catunda is a scientific project collaborator for the HBSC surveys in Luxembourg and a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Centre for Childhood and Youth Research (CCY) at the University of Luxembourg.

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Andreas Heinen

Andreas Heinen

Andreas Heinen is a sociologist and Research (and Development) Specialist at the Centre for Childhood and Youth Research (CCY) at the University of Luxembourg.

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Christiane Meyers

Christiane Meyers holds a DEA in Sociology and is a Research (and Development) Specialist at the Centre for Childhood and Youth Research (CCY) at the University of Luxembourg.

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Caroline Residori

Dr Caroline Residori is a sociologist and Research (and Development) Specialist at the Centre for Childhood and Youth Research (CCY) at the University of Luxembourg.

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Anette Schumacher

Dr Anette Schumacher is a psychologist and Postdoctoral Researcher at the Centre for Childhood and Youth Research (CCY) at the University of Luxembourg.

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Helmut Willems

Prof. Dr Helmut Willems is a sociologist and Professor for youth sociology at the Centre for Childhood and Youth Research (CCY) at the University of Luxembourg.

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Scientific project collaborators

Roger Fernandez-Urbano

Roger Fernandez-Urbano

Dr Roger Fernandez-Urbano is a scientific project collaborator for the Youth Survey Luxembourg (YSL) and a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Centre for Childhood and Youth Research (CCY) at the University of Luxembourg.

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Moritz Höpner

Moritz Höpner is a scientific project collaborator for the Digital Documentation and Research Centre (DDRC). He is a Research (and Development) Specialist at the Centre for Childhood and Youth Research (CCY) at the University of Luxembourg.

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Anita Latz

Anita Latz is a scientific project collaborator for the study “Potential and Value of Education-Oriented Youth Work”. She is a Research (and Development) Specialist at the Centre for Childhood and Youth Research (CCY) at the University of Luxembourg.

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Joana Lopes Ferreira

Joana Lopes Ferreira is a scientific project collaborator for the HBSC surveys in Luxembourg and a Research and Development Specialist at the Centre for Childhood and Youth Research (CCY) at the University of Luxembourg.

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Alessandro Procopio

Dr Alessandro Procopio is a scientific project collaborator for the Youth Survey Luxembourg (YSL) and a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Centre for Childhood and Youth Research (CCY) at the University of Luxembourg.

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Guido Salza

Dr Guido Salza is a scientific project collaborator for the Youth Report 2025 and a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Centre for Childhood and Youth Research (CCY) at the University of Luxembourg.

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Daniel Weis

Daniel Weis is a scientific project collaborator for the study “Potential and Value of Education-Oriented Youth Work”. He is a Research (and Development) Specialist at the Centre for Childhood and Youth Research (CCY) at the University of Luxembourg.

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Current doctoral candidates

Hamid Bulut

Hamid Bulut is a scientific project collaborator for the Youth Survey Luxembourg (YSL) and a PhD student at the Centre for Childhood and Youth Research (CCY) at the University of Luxembourg.

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Claire van Duin

Claire van Duin is a scientific project collaborator for the HBSC surveys and a PhD student at the Centre for Childhood and Youth Research (CCY) at the University of Luxembourg.

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Who we are

“We” and “you”. Isn’t it much nicer to be addressed directly on a website? We, at least, find that this way we can more easily tell you about our scientific findings. “We”, that is the totality of youth researchers at the Centre for Childhood and Youth Research at the University of Luxembourg (CCY). Often, “we” also just stands for the DDRC editorial team.

Infobox - Organigram

Das CCY ist im Department of Social Sciences (DSOC) an der Fakultät für Geisteswissenschaften, Erziehungswissenschaften und Sozialwissenschaften (FHSE) angesiedelt.

Das CCY ist eine relativ junge Institution an der Universität Luxemburg. Es wurde im Januar 2020 als eine Nachfolgerin der Forschungseinheit INSIDE gegründet. Hier bald mehr zur Geschichte der luxemburgischen Jugendforschung.

What we do

Die Forschungsgruppe untersucht unter Leitung von Prof. Dr. Robin Samuel die Situation junger Menschen aus einer interdisziplinären Perspektive mit einem multi-methodischen Zugang. Die Forschenden haben verschiedene disziplinäre Hintergründe: Soziologie, Pädagogik, Psychologie oder auch Ökonomie.

Die Forschungsaktivitäten umfassen Themen wie den #Übergang von der Schule in die Arbeitswelt, #soziales Engagement, #Citizenship, #Migration, #Freizeitaktivitäten und #Identität. Wir forschen auch zum #Familienleben, #Werten und Einstellungen, #non-formaler Bildung, #Zukunftsperspektiven sowie #Gesundheit und Wohlbefinden von Jugendlichen.

One concern of the research group is to establish and maintain a continuous dialogue with politics and youth work, which has led, among other things, to the implementation of the National Youth Report, which is published every five years. In addition to its research activities, the working group is dedicated to documentation, evaluation and consulting tasks.

Our supporters

The Faculty FHSE of the University of Luxembourg and the Luxembourgish Ministry of Education, Children and Youth are funding us equally.