What is Dynamics of Youth?

Elevator pitch: what is Dynamics of Youth?

Within Utrecht University’s research theme Dynamics of Youth, scientists from all fields of expertise study how young people develop in our rapidly changing society. 

Investing in the future

In dealing with social problems, you need to start with the children. Dynamics of Youth is about working together in order to better understand child development. It’s about how people become who they are, and why they do what they do. Children growing up today will eventually shape our world in the near future, so we are investing in the future. But children are also a vulnerable group, and we as a society must ensure that they can grow up healthy in mind and body. 


Interdisciplinary cooperation

Dynamics of Youth combines excellent child research from all seven faculties. Researchers from different disciplines integrate their expertise to answer crucial questions for future generations. Utrecht University is a pioneer when it comes to interdisciplinary cooperation. The Dynamics of Youth seed money projects are excellent examples of that.  

Common data sets

Developing large common data sets and research instruments is essential. Therefore the YOUth cohort study was launched in 2015. A large-scale, long-term cohort study. YOUth follows children from before birth until the age of 18. This large-scale longitudinal cohort study with repeated measurements consists of two independent but related samples from the general population. 

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Child Expertise Center

Every one of Utrecht University’s strategic themes is currently developing one or more ‘hubs’: a central point and breeding ground for innovative and interdisciplinary research, with collaboration between knowledge institutions, social organisations and businesses. Within Dynamics of Youth, research teams composed of scientists from a variety of fields work together with societal and campus partners to develop six projects, revolving around interdisciplinary themes, for the future hub Child Expertise Center. Our research over the coming years will focus on these six themes.

Dynamics of Youth needs you

Interested? Please get in touch. Because for the new projects to thrive and our interdisciplinary Child Expertise Center to work we need you.

How can your field of expertise help us get where we want to go?

How can you join?

First and foremost: colleagues from all over Utrecht University can join. We invite you to discuss with us how we can get where we want to go, and how your particular field of expertise might help us get there. 

Please contact our executive director Petra van Dijk for further information about Dynamics of Youth: +31 30 253 67 80, P.M.vanDijk@uu.nl