The Finnish Youth Research Network produces multidisciplinary research information and participates in discussion in society, offering perspectives for practical work with young people and for the fields of administration and politics. Youth research has a particular responsibility to address topical phenomena that concern young people. Our research covers topics that are familiar to and acknowledged by society as well as themes that are ignored or marginal. This responsibility is local, national and global.

The research operations of the Finnish Youth Research Network are based on multidisciplinary and ethical approaches and a combination of basic academic research and applied research that is relevant in terms of youth policy. This broadens conventional understanding of the scope of expertise and the roles of researchers. Within the Finnish Youth Research Network, we seek to make versatile use of various research methods by combining qualitative and quantitative approaches, for example, and to look beyond conventional research questions and environments.

The research carried out by the Finnish Youth Research Network is divided into three fields of knowledge. These fields reflect the key perspectives of social responsibility and the high-quality scientific research conducted by the Finnish Youth Research Network. The goal is to produce a diverse range of studies on social divisions that lay the framework for the lives of young people and on the everyday experiences and practices of young people and the adults who work with them. Research projects and the researchers involved in the projects cooperate in various sections of these focus areas.

More information about research projects in progress within the Finnish Youth Research Network is available on the Research Projects page.

Research within the Finnish Youth Research Network is funded by ministries, international providers of research funding, the Academy of Finland, foundations, organisations and municipalities, among other parties. We cooperate with universities, universities of applied sciences, research institutes, organisations, scientific societies and many other partners.