Helmut Erich

Helmut Willems, Dr. phil habil, is professor for sociology at the University of Luxembourg since 2006. 

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.


Research interests
Generation and Family
Scientific Reporting
Policy Research
Apllied Social Reserach
Political Sociology

Latest content Helmut Erich Willems took part in

Social Sciences
Well-being and health of young people
The “National Report on the Situation of Youth in Luxembourg 2020,” published by the Ministry of Education, Children and Youth (MENJE) together with researchers from the University of Luxembourg, answers questions about well-being and health.
Faculty Blog
Preparing for the post-pandemic challenges
From the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, the humanities and social sciences took a strong interest in this health crisis. While a lot of projects are examining the management and impact of the pandemic on our current lives, one of them wishes to look further. "Young People and COVID-19 - Social, Economic, and Health Consequences of Infection Prevention and Control Measures for Young People in Luxembourg", aims to monitor the short-term and long-term impact of the crisis on the 16-29 years old in Luxembourg.
Social Sciences
Health behaviour in school-aged children (HBSC) – a WHO collaborative study in 50 countries
For over 30 years, the HBSC study has been assessing the health behaviours of young people in 50 countries. With this data base it is possible to identify and respond to health risks and inequalities among young people. This is particularly relevant because health problems that arise during this critical stage of life can have an impact even in later life.