Academic Research on Global Youth & Large Global Surveys

Academic Research on Youth

Research publications by NGOs

The United Nations: and,


The World Bank:


International Childhood and Youth Research Network (ICYRNet)


Education Development Center (EDC)


International Childhood and Youth Research Network (ICYRNet)


Australian Clearinghouse for Youth Studies.


Carnegie Young People Initiative (U.K.


CYFERNet: Children, Youth and Families Education and Research Network. (U.S.).


Childwatch International
Childwatch International is a not-for-profit, nongovernmental network of institutions engaged in research for children.


International youth policies. It works with the National Commission for UNESCO commissions, etc.


International Childhood and Youth Research Network (ICYRNet)
University Centers

Youth Studies Research Guide. RMIT (Australia)

Youth Studies at the School of Social Work, University of Minnesota (U.S.).

Department of Child and Youth Studies at Brock University (Canada).

Children and Youth Studies Caucus, American Studies Association, Georgetown University.

Youth Studies Certification ProgramCUNY. (U.S.)

Youth Studies NetCity University of Hong Kong.

Child and Youth Studies Institute Association of African Universities (Senegal).

Children, Youth and Family Consortium, University of Minnesota   Mainly about the US.

The Clearinghouse on International Developments in Child, Youth and Family Policies at Columbia University Focuses on developed countries’ policies.
International Sociological Association Research Committee 34. Sociology of Youth (RC34)
Includes an international focus

The Network University (TNU)
The Network University specializes in creating e-tools for education and networking in the field of development. TNU has developed courses on youth and conflict and youth and development.

Youth Studies Journals

Vulnerable Children and Youth Studies


Journal of Youth Development

Journal of Youth Studies

  • (international)

Nordic Journal of Youth Research   Includes international articles

Large Global Surveys of Youth

2000: 10,000 respondents

UNICEF conducted a large survey of young people, aged 9 to 17, about 10,000 youth in 17 countries, from 1999 to 2001. “Speaking Out! UNICEF/HQ93-0198/ROGER LEMOYNE


Elissa Moses, New World Teen Study, 2000


2003: 1,400: electronic survey        



United Nations Report on Global Situation of Youth

Drs. Richard and Margaret Braungart, who were commissioned by the Youth Unit of the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs to prepare an overview of international surveys of youth for a paper on the global situation of youth for the ministerial meeting in Portugal


2006: A WHO survey of health practices of 204,000 young people (ages 11, 13, and 15) in Europe and North America.


2006 3,300 young people age 24 or younger took the survey in 100 countries, in every major region of the world, with most responses from Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Australia/New Zealand, Latin America, and the Caribbean. The administration of the survey was coordinated by Education Development Center, Inc. (EDC) in collaboration with the Wagner Graduate School of Public Service at New York University, with most responses gathered via the Internet.


2006: Americans ages 18 to 24 National Geographic-Roper Public Affairs 2006 Geographic Literacy Study May 2, 2006


2007: 17,000: Young People Facing the Future: An International Survey. Fondation Pour L”Innovation Politique,” directed by Anna Stellinger. An email survey of 17,000 people aged 16 to 29 in 17 countries in 2007.


2007: 49,243 teens. The research was conducted with Generation C (climate change) teens in the virtual world, Habbo, November 2007. 18 countries were surveyed and statistical weighting was employed to give all participating countries an equal weight in the global results.


2006-8: An online survey of 7,685 global youth, drawn from Internet users by Canadian author Don Tapscott. He headed a $4 million research project about the Net Generation to find the impact of the Internet on youth, 2006-2008.

Don Tapscott. Grown Up Digital. McGrawHill, 2009.


A 2008 Internet survey of 2,277 students from 114 Countries

equal male/female (sponsored by AIESEC and The Career Innovation Company…/Digital_Generation_Survey_2008_-_Technology_xPart_1x.pdf


2008: 1999: United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), 2008 survey of 1999 youth, ages 12- to 18 in five countries (Brazil, India, Russia, South Africa and the United States) found that nine in ten young people (88% overall and 85% or more in each country) agree that “World leaders should do whatever it takes to tackle climate change.”


2008: 3,119: via e-mail and AIESEC web pages to AIESEC members globally. We have received 3,119 replies (48% women, 52% men) from 122 countries. Most of the respondents in the survey are students (75%) in the fields of economy, commerce, social sciences and technology. 83% of them were born in 1985 or later (most of them around 1988), 17% were born in 1984 or earlier. A majority of them are planning on becoming managers in the future (56% “yes definitely”, 32% “maybe”).f


2008: 6,853 Eugene Roehikepartain, et. al. “With Their Own Voices: A Global Exploration of How Today’s Young People Experience and Think About Spiritual Development.” November 5, 2008. Search Institute. A survey was conducted in 2008 of 6,853 young people in eight countries (Australia, Cameroon, Canada, India, Thailand, Ukraine, United Kingdom, and the United States). Focus group interviews included 175 young people from 13 countries. Overall, the youth live in 17 countries, and were ages 12 to 25 from 2006 to 2008.


A 2008 Internet survey of 2,277 students from 114 Countries

equal male/female. Sponsored by AIESEC and The Career Innovation Company


2008: 1999 The online survey of 12-18 year olds across Brazil, India, Russia, South Africa and the United States was conducted for UNEP and carried out by the international polling firm GlobeScan during the month of October 2008. The results are drawn from a survey of 1999 young adults, ranging in age from 12 to 18 years


2009: Beginning in 2007, Don Tapscott’s team spent $4 million doing email surveys of 5,935 young people ages 16 to 29 representing 12 countries, although most of the references in his book are to the US and to his two Canadian adult children. No country comparisons are made and the focus is on young people’s use of the Internet reported on in Grown Up Digital, 2009.

2009: 112,000 Global Habbo Youth Survey 2009 Uncovers American Teens Unique Attitudes Towards Brands


2009 A survey of 219,864 first-year students in 297 US colleges.


2009: 6,0000 June 2009, Global Youth: International Study on Children’s Use of Mobile Phones. Mobile Society Research Institute, based in Japan, has compiled an international study looking at how kids in Japan, South Korea, China, India, and Mexico use mobile technology in their daily lives. Over 6,000 youth between the ages of 9 and 18 and their parents were surveyed on a range of questions regarding their use, attitudes and feelings toward mobile phones.


2009: Kairos Future, the international research and consulting firm dealing with futures research and strategy development, together with AIESEC, the world’s largest youth-run organization, have surveyed young people around the world about their views on climate change. Data was collected in the month of November 2009. The questionnaire was distributed in English via e-mail and AIESEC web pages to AIESEC members globally. We have received 3,119 replies (48% women, 52% men) from 122 countries. Most of the respondents in the survey are students (75%)


2009: The global youth survey was conducted amongst the world’s largest student organization AIESEC members. The 1,566 respondents were based in 99 different countries and 85% of respondents were under 25 years old. The majority were university educated.

2010: 15,000: The One Young World Global Youth Study people ages 23 to 28 conducted by YouGovStone, a U.K.-based market research agency, for the One Young World Inaugural Summit, January, 2010.            


over 3,000 young people in 100 countries


2009: “Talking Sex and Contraception: What Young People Around the World Told Us” assessed how communication amongst 15-24 year olds and those around them impacts their sexual activity and their understanding and usage of contraception and was carried out in two parts. The first part involved 15 countries and 3,230 young people in Asia Pacific, Europe and North America (1). The second part was carried out in three Latin American countries and involved 2,956 young people (2).


2010: “Survey of [15,000] Young People in Egypt,” Population Council, 2010.


2010: 2,000 Arab youth 2000 Asda’a Burson-Arab Youth Study 2010, 2,000 interviews face-to-face among respondents aged 18-24.


2010: 10,000 The survey, sponsored by Airbus on behalf of the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity, was conducted by SSI (Survey Sampling International) across ten countries, with a sample of 1,000 5 -18 year olds from each country, totaling 10,000 children.


2010: 3000 Kids chose playing with friends (89%) and parents (73%) over TV at only 11% and Internet 14%. The report, funded by IKEA, consisted of interviews with 8,000 parents and 3,000 children aged 7-12 across 25 different countries to distill new findings at the intersection of parenting and play. May 25, 2010


2011: “Millennials: The Challenge Generation,” Prosumer Report, Europe RSCG Worldwide, Vol 11, 2011. The Euro RSCG Millennial Survey surveyed 2,500 Millennials aged 18 to 24 in China, France, India, the UK and the US in 2010.


2011: UNEP (United Nations Environmental Program), Visions for Change: Recommendations for Effective Policies on Sustainable Lifestyles,

February, 2011.

A survey of 8000 urban young adults (18-35, 61% are university students and mainly middle class) from 20 countries.

Country Papers summarizing the local survey results:


Thom and Jess Rainer. The Millennials: Connecting to American’s Largest Generation. Nashville, TN: B&H Publishing Group, 2011.

A survey of 1200 young adults in the US, born from 1980 to 1991, about evenly split between male and female, 61% white, and 39% people of color. They tend to focus on relationships with family and friends, to not be religious, and to value doing service for others. They would like to have lots of money but it’s not high on their list of priorities, nor is the environment.


A 2011 One Young World online survey of 9,240 young people in their 20s from 21 countries. They were more educated and affluent than average, as indicated by their access to the Internet. Findings included: 79% agreed that all countries should strive for full democracy, 72% agreed “politics in my country needs major reform” and scrutiny (only in Australia and Saudi Arabia did a majority disagree)


2011: Dominique Reynié, ed., “World Youths,” Fondation Pour L’Innovation Politique,” 2011. Electronic survey in 2010 by TNS Opinion of 25,000 youth born between 1981 and 1994 in 25 countries, plus 7,714 respondents aged 30 to 50.


2012: “A White Paper on the Findings of the ASDA’A Burson-Marsteller Arab Youth Survey 2012,” Interviews with 2,500 Arab youth ages 18 to 24 (60% male) in 12 countries.


2012: “Progress For Children: A Report Card on Adolescents,” No. 10, UNICEF, April 2012.

2012: “The Next Normal,” Viacom Media Networks. This market study claims to be the “broadest single study of Millennials to date” and the first “truly global portrait.” Analyzed 15,000 youth ages 9 to 30 in 24 countries from every continent.

2012: World Bank, World Development Report. “Between June 2010 and February 2011, World Bank teams travelled to 19 countries from 6 developing regions to hear first-hand about how men and women experience gender in their everyday lives. The researchers met separately with small groups of males and females from three generations, convening a total of 500 groups with 4,000 individuals. The World Bank researchers interviewed 800 youth who live in eight developing nations, and surveyed more youth ages 11 to 17 in 19 countries, for a report released in 2012.”,,contentMDK:22999750~menuPK:8154981~pagePK:64167689~piPK:64167673~theSitePK:7778063,00.html

Jean Twenge, W. Keith Campbell, and Elise Freeman, “Generational Differences in Young Adults’ Life Goals, Concern for Others, and Civic Orientation, 1966-2009.” Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, March 5, 2012.

Two huge yearly surveys of high school seniors (463,753 gathered from 1976 to 2008) and college freshman (8.7 million, 1966 to 2009) compared Millennials born after 1982 with Baby Boomers and Gen Xers.


2013: “Generation Y Around the World: Global Youth Research,” InSites Consulting, 4,056 young people aged 15 to 25 from 16 countries.

2014:  Global Millennial Survey survey of people aged 18 to 30 in 27 countries, asking about pressing issues, etc.

2015: Youth Speak: Powered by AIESEC. YouthSpeak Survey Millennial Insight Report. 2015. 42,257 respondents from 100 countries and territories, a majority between the age of 18 to 25.



Final Report of the E-Consultation with Children and Youth on the SDGs Draft Declaration, July 2015

Over 400 responses from 47 countries The World Children Want platform

2016: Findings from surveys and interviews with over 25,000 Millennials from 22 countries were published in What Millenials Want From Work (2016).[i] The young adults born from 1980 to 1995 work in professional jobs requiring a university education and the majority live in the US. They represent both genders about equally and the authors didn’t find big differences in female and male responses. About a quarter are married but only 9% have children. They characterized Millennials similarly to other researchers who are pro-Millennial.


2016: AIESEC association of global university students surveyed 160,292 global youth, 55% female, most ages 16 to 24.




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