Helmut Willems, Dr. phil habil, is professor for sociology at the University of Luxembourg since 2006. He is vice-director of the interdisciplinary research unit INSIDE and director of the Institute for generation and family research, and head of the Luxemburgish youth research.
He received his PhD at the University of Trier in 1988 where he also earned his habilitation for sociology in 2002. From 1990 to 1991 he worked at the Centre for European Studies as John F. Kennedy Memorial Fellow at the Harvard University, USA. Between 1995 and 2000 he was Chair of the department "youth research" at the German youth institute, Munich.
His main research interests concern the sociology of youth, youth policy and youth work; research on political participation, violence and conflicts, mediation and prevention; and research on migration, integration and segregation.