Youth Studies

Enhanced tools of comparative youth studies

The objective of this Working Group is to methodologically advance the field in comparative qualitative and mixed methods studies on youth. This will generate 1) advice on adequate comparative qualitative study designs and analysis protocols 2) robust techniques for mixed use of data and methods. This WG will promote mutual learning and the exchange of tools for doing mixed methods analysis combining large-scale comparative quantitative and qualitative data.

The first two meetings of the WG in Essen, Germany (2018) and at the MC meeting 2019 in Thessaloniki, Greece, underlined the necessity of multi-method approaches for studying young people, including case studies, geographical maps, quantitative analysis, and participant observation. The focus of the topics had been young people in all fields, policy engagement, work, subjective/objective poverty, technology and sports.

In the second year, the WG will advance to the synthesis of disciplinary knowledge of causes of cumulative disadvantages of young people, looking specifically at the methodology and at which kind of knowledge could be produce through specific methods. Special attention will be devoted to comparative methodology across countries; for this aim exchanges among researchers will be encouraged. 

In the following year, we will try to go beyond synthesized knowledge and to develop new methodologies based on mixed methods approach, or multimethod, and we will specifically focus on youth. Projects plans of publications will be developed.

This will help to identify specific mechanisms of cumulation of disadvantages that could be useful to design policies to prevent social risks and to offer more opportunities to young people. 

Inside the WG a specific reflection about how to combine different methodologies will be developed and shared among participants. Training schools and publications among participants will be encouraged. 


Università di Torino, Torino, Italy


University of Duisburg-Essen, Institute for Social Work and Social Policy, Essen, Germany