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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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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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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Andreas Heinz

Dr Andreas Heinz is an economist, Research Scientist and head of the Luxembourgish contribution to the WHO international partner study Health Behaviour in School-aged Children (HBSC) 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

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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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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Anouk Geraets

Dr Anouk Geraets 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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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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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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Lea Schomaker

Lea Schomaker is a scientific project collaborator for the Youth Survey Luxembourg (YSL) and Research (and Development) Specialist at the Centre for Childhood and Youth Research (CCY) of 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

The CCY is located in the Department of Social Sciences (DSOC) at the Faculty of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences (FHSE).

The CCY is a relatively young institution at the University of Luxembourg. It was founded in January 2020 as a successor to the INSIDE research unit. More on the history of Luxembourg youth research here soon.

What we do

The research group, led by Prof. Dr. Robin Samuel, investigates the situation of young people from an interdisciplinary perspective using a multi-methodological approach. The researchers have different disciplinary backgrounds: sociology, education, psychology or even economics.

Research activities include topics such as #transition from school to work, #social engagement, #citizenship, #migration, #leisure activities and #identity. We also conduct research on #family life, #values and attitudes, #non-formal education, #future prospects, and #health and well-being of youth.

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.