Centre for Youth and Gender Studies / CYGS

Activity / Aim of the Centre

The Centre for Youth and Gender Studies has inherited the scientific research tradition of studying youth and women which has been carried out at the Institute since its establishment. Therefore, the activity of the Centre aims both at the continuation of the previous scientific research in the initial fields, and at the development of the new integrative scientific research approach.
The Centre carries out research in the scientific fields of sociology, political science and philosophy, with an emphasis on the interdisciplinary approach and the longitudinal monitoring of social phenomena and processes. The scientific research activity is focused on the topics of social, age and gender inequalities, construction of identity, sociocultural values, culture and leisure time, political culture and participation, age and gender based distribution of social power, social inclusion and social capital, educational and professional aspirations, as well as unemployment and employment.
The Centre staff have started the pioneering work on the conceptualization and institutionalization of the professional youth work in Croatia. The researchers of the Centre are continuously engaged in designing, monitoring and evaluation of the corresponding public policies.

Research Staff

Dunja Potočnik, PhD, Head of the Centre
Mirjana Adamović, PhD
Nikola Baketa, PhD
Marita Grubišić-Čabo, MA
Anja Gvozdanović, PhD
Marko Kovačić, PhD
Ana Maskalan, PhD

Professor Vlasta Ilišin, PhD (emerita)

Incoming mobility:
Ana Ljubojević
Tomaž Deželan
Fakulteta za družbene vede
Mobility: 1. 1. – 31. 12. 2018.
Orsolya Lehotai
Central European University (CEU Budapest)
Mobility: 1. 9. – 31. 12. 2017.
Howard Williamson
University of South Wales
Mobility: 7. 3. – 31. 12. 2013.


Youth Wiki

logo_youth_wikiThe Centre for Youth and Gender Studies is a national reference point for collecting and systematising youth policy data by the decision of the Ministry of Demographics, Family, Youth and Social Policy and the European Commission within the Youth Wiki platform.

National and international cooperation

Scientific and higher education institutions:
University of Zagreb (Faculty of Political Science and Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences)
University of Rijeka (Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences)
University of Turin (Research Center for Women’s and Gender Studies – CIRSDe)
University of Minnesota (School of Social Work – Youth Studies Program)
University of South Wales
University of Sarajevo (Human Rights Centre)
University of Ljubljana (Faculty of Social Sciences)
The Peace Institute, Ljubljana
Faculty of Philosophy in Banja Luka
Faculty of Philosophy of the University of Belgrade
Faculty of Philosophy in Novi Sad
Faculty of Philosophy of the St. Cyril and Methodius University in Skopje

Bodies of national and local authorities:
Central State Office for Demography and Youth
Youth Council of the Croatian Government
Office of the Ombudsman for Gender Equality of the Republic of Croatia
Office for Gender Equality of the Republic of Croatia
City Department for youth of the City of Zagreb
City Office for social protection and people with disabilities of the City of Zagreb
Youth Council of the City of Zagreb
Agency for Mobility and EU Programmes
The partnership of the European Commission and the Council of Europe in the youth field

Civil society organizations:
Centre for Democracy and Law Miko Tripalo
Friedrich Ebert Stiftung
Croatian Youth Network
Centre for Peace Studies
Forum for Freedom in Education
Croatian Debating Society
Center for Education, Counselling and Research (CESI)
Women’s room
Women in Black (Serbia)
Association for Culture and Art Crvena (BiH)
The Portugal Entrepreneurship Education Platform
South East European Youth Network (BiH)
Open Society Foundations


A literature review on the theme of youth
Bibliography review: literature on the topic of youth
Bibliography review: literature on the topic of gender