Research Committees

RC34 Sociology of Youth


The ISA was founded 1948 in close cooperation with UNESCO's Research Department. As peace education and youth issues were in the forefront of the postwar, socio-political legacy of this foundation, many of the first officers of ISA were also youth sociologists. But in 1975 the RC34 was established as a specialized branch of ISA.

The RC34 was from the beginning not only a network for pure academic youth research, but also committed to the original heritage of social and political responsibility. This implies standing partnership with multilateral organisations aiming at conflict resolution, peace and the development of civic society. It is also the policy of RC 34 to invite for membership and participation colleagues from other disciplines as well as practitioners in the youth fields, and then to serve as a global, interdisciplinary network and meeting place for youth issues in general.


The Committee is built on associational principles of individual membership, formal statutes, a General Meeting every fourth year at the World Congresses, also electing a Board running the RC between the Congresses.

The work is built on regional Vice-Presidencies running their activities and networking in various areas of the world, and a Bureau taking care of the membership services and general, strategic affairs connected to the Presidency. An Advisory Board is appointed by the Board, as a body for special experiences and strategic competence in the field.


The aim of RC34 is to contribute to the development of theory and practice of youth sociology and youth research on an international level, uniting professional knowledge, scientific consciousness, and social commitment of its members to work on problems and issues of youth on a local, regional, and international level.

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Board 2018 - 2022. Extended 2023

President Sharlene SWARTZ, University of Cape Town, South Africa,
Deputy President Ana MIRANDA, FLACSO Argentina, Argentina

Airi-Alina ALLASTE, Tallinn University, Estonia
Sarah PICKARD, Université Sorbonne Nouvelle - Paris 3, France
Ilaria PITTI, Örebro University, Sweden
Sub-Saharan Africa:
Kiran ODHAV, North West University, South Africa
MENA (Middle East and North Africa):
Ali Akbar TAJMAZINANI, Allameh Tabatabai University, Iran
Abeer MUSLEH, Bethlehem University, Palestine
Vinod CHANDRA, Lucknow University, India
Steven Sek-yum NGAI, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Dan WOODMAN, University of Melbourne, Australia
North America:
Sampson BLAIR, SUNY Buffalo, USA
Latin America:
Ada Cora FREYTES FREY, Universidad Nacional de Avellaneda/Universidad Nacional Arturo Jauretche, Argentina

Organizational Secretary Howard WILLIAMSON, University of South Wales, United Kingdom,
Treasurer Natalia WAECHTER, Ludwig Maximilian University Munich, Germany,
Newsletter Coordinator Maurizio MERICO, University of Salerno, Italy,
Past President Ani WIERENGA, University of Melbourne, Australia

Program Coordinators for XX ISA World Congress 2023 are:
Ilaria PITTI,
Sharlene SWARTZ,


International Bulletin on Youth Research is available on RC34 website.

Trans-national (institutional) cooperation

RC34 has an institutional cooperation with UN (Headquarters), with Unesco and the Council of Europe, also at their regional and sub-regional actions. The cooperation aims at consultancy and more direct involvement in the processes of improved relationships between youth research and youth policies.


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