How can we create an environment in which young people are able to grow up in a healthy, promising and safe way? The Research group Youth develops and shares knowledge on this subject with professionals, young people, parents, lecturers, students and administrators. We also facilitate the application of this knowledge. The research group is active locally, regionally, nationally and internationally.



We contribute in various ways to educational programmes in the fields of educational theory, social work and security. We actively cooperate with the institutes for Ecological Pedagogy, Social Work, Nursing Studies, Law, the Archimedes Institute and the Seminarium for Orthopedagogics. In this way, we contribute to the innovation and upkeep of the degree programmes for professionals in the youth sector.

Two people cycling Saskia Wijsbroek

“We need an integrated approach to youth care, youth policy, education and career supervision to offer children and young people the best development opportunities possible. Ultimately, this all contributes to a society with a high quality of life for all children and young people”

Saskia A.M. Wijsbroek Professor


The research group works closely together with various partners. These include professional organisations in the field of youth, municipalities, young people and child care workers, research and knowledge institutions, professional associations, research universities and universities of applied sciences, other educational institutions, as well as other research groups at the HU.

Provincie Utrecht
Kennisplatform Utrecht Sociaal
GGD regio Utrecht
Universiteit Utrecht
Nederlands Jeugdinstituut

Our professors and researchers

Saskia Wijsbroek | Professor | Youth

Saskia Wijsbroek

Professor Youth Show profile
Lisette Blokland | Researcher | Youth

Lisette Blokland

Researcher Youth Show profile
Hanske Douwenga | Researcher | Research group Youth

Hanske Douwenga

Researcher Youth Show profile

Cees Hoefnagels

Researcher Youth Show profile

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Monique Cillessen

  • Senior Management Assistent