About us

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About us 2019-12-16T09:28:13+00:00

The Erasmus Urban Youth Lab (EUYL) is a collaboration between Erasmus University Rotterdam, IVO research institute, and the Erasmus Medical Center. EUYL wants to contribute to knowledge development in the area of vulnerable younth in a metropolitan environment. In addition, EUYL wants to contribute to the application of this knowledge by connecting science and practice. EUYL does this by carrying out quantitative and qualitative research with projects that focus on this target group. Finally, EUYL aims to bring together research on young people in the city and join forces.


Prof. Dr. Sabine Severiens is professor of Education at the Department of Social and Behavioural Sciences, Erasmus University Rotterdam. The main theme in her scientific work is educational inequality. One of the focal points in her current work is teaching in classrooms with students from diverse backgrounds and strengthening professional capacity in this particular area. Another focal point is mentoring talented pupils in urban areas. She teaches in the bachelor and master Educational Sciences programme and supervises a group of Ph.D. students. She is also the scientific head of the Knowledge workplace Rotterdam Talent, an expertise network in which the municipality and the university collaborate to improve the quality of schools in Rotterdam.


Prof. Dr. Godfried Engbersen is Professor of Sociology at the Erasmus University of Rotterdam and member of the Scientific Council for Government Policy (WRR). He is also the Research Director of the interdisciplinary research group Citizenship, Migration & the City (CIMIC). He is an internationally regarded specialist on issues of international migration, social inequality and urban issues, and has advised multiple national and international organizations. From 1993 to 1998 he was professor Welfare State and Social Inequality at Utrecht University. In the spring of 1996 he was a visiting professor at the Centre of Western European Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. He is an elected member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Sciences (KNAW).


Prof. Dr. Frank J. van Lenthe is Professor of Social Epidemiology at the Department of Public Health at Erasmus MC Rotterdam. His research concerns the study of the causes and mechanisms underlying (the development) of socioeconomic inequalities in health and health behaviour, and the reduction of these inequalities. In his research, specific attention is paid to the role of the living environment for health, health behaviour and mental wellbeing and health inequalities in the outcomes. He is also appointed as professor “Spatial Diversity and Inequality of Urban Health” at the Faculty Geosciences at Utrecht University.


Margriet Lenkens, MSc, works at IVO research institute and is as PhD student involved in research on vulnerable youth in major cities since 2015. A central question in her research is whether mentoring benefits vulnerable youth. She is furthermore interested in the potential role of experiential knowledge of the mentor, and of perceived similarities between mentor and mentee in the quality of the relationship. With a background in forensic pedagogy, she is mostly interested in adolescents displaying delinquent behavior. She thinks it is important to combine quantitative and qualitative methods, and aims to use innovative tools to portray adolescents’ own perspective.


Loïs Schenk, MSc, graduated in 2012 from Utrecht University in Youth Studies. Her professional interest is studying youth issues from multiple perspectives (sociological, pedagogical, and psychological). Since 2015 she has been working as PhD student at the Erasmus University in Rotterdam. In her research on vulnerable youth, she mainly focuses on social relations of young people in an urban context. In doing so, she investigates the role that various people can play in providing and perceiving social and practical support. She hopes to align her scientific insights with the daily life of Rotterdam youths and their environment.


Dr. Miranda Sentse is assistant professor of Criminology at Leiden University (Institute of Criminal Law and Criminology). With a MSc in Pedagogy and a PhD in Sociology her research has a strong interdisciplinary character. She focuses on the social network and one’s social status in explaining behavioral maladjustment, including peer bullying, delinquency, and criminal behavior. Her expertise includes peer influence, multilevel analysis, and quantitative social network analysis.


Prof. Gera Nagelhout is Chief Science Officer at IVO research institute and professor at Maastricht University at the department of Health Promotion. She is trained in Communication Science and holds a PhD in Health Sciences. Her research focuses on health and wellbeing among people with a lower socioeconomic position, for example substance use among people with a low socioeconomic position, mentoring for vulnerable youth, and health behavior change and social network enhancement among multiproblem families. She has experience with many different types of research (e.g. survey research, randomized controlled trials, content analyses, and qualitative interviews) and thinks it is important to combine different methods to examine a topic from multiple angles.