ERNOP Online Series 2022-2023

Inclusion of children and youth in organized activities

Speaker: Daniel Arnesen (Institutt for samfunnsforskning, Oslo)

Discussant: Gabriella Civico (Director at European Volunteer Centre)

Date: February 7, 2023, 11-12 CET

About this seminar: How can we decrease inequalities in children and youth participation in organized activities? What are the barriers for voluntary associations to increase participation? Daniel Arnesen will discuss how factors in the local community context beyond individual and family resources interact with participating in organized activities. Examples are the influence of socioeconomic factors (e.g. neighbourhood), the number of activities by local associations, and national and local public policies. Based on his findings, he will share a framework that academics and practitioners can use to include children and youth in organized activities.

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About Dr Daniel Arnesen

Dr Daniel Anesen is a trained sociologist with a doctorate from the University of Oslo, and work as researcher II at the Institute for Social Research in Oslo. His professional interests are civil society, volunteering and democracy, voluntary work and voluntary organisations, and children’s and young people’s leisure time participation.

Some of the research projects he participates in are:

  • Evaluation and follow-up research of experiments with leisure card schemes
  • Inclusion of children and young people in organized leisure in Norwegian local communities
  • Long-term consequences of the corona pandemic for upbringing and equality

He is also associated with the Center for research on civil society and the voluntary sector . I am currently working here on several projects:

  • Inclusion of children and young people in volunteering
  • Consequences of the corona pandemic for volunteering
  • Changes in the civil society role of voluntary organisations
  • The internal democracy of voluntary organisations


About the Institutt for samfunnsforskning, Oslo

The Institute for Social Research is an independent research institute in Oslo. The institute produces academic knowledge in areas important to the development of society. The Institute for Social Research is organised as a foundation and has, since its establishment in 1950, played a vital role in the development of Norwegian social research. The institute has almost 60 permanent employees and its goal is to be a leading research community in the areas of society, politics and working life. Our research is divided into seven main topics: Working life, media and the public sphere, gender equality, migration and integration, civil society, elections and democracy and welfare.

The Institute for Social Research seeks to create a broad research environment without sharp distinctions between basic and applied research. The research shall be independent, innovative, socially relevant and of a high academic standard. We place emphasis on our research being published in peer-reviewed publications and forums.


About Gabriella Civico

Gabriella is originally from the UK and has lived in Spain & Portugal before moving to Belgium in 2010 and becoming a Belgian citizen in 2020. She has a degree in Social Policy and Education from Surrey University (UK) and a Masters in Education in E-learning from the University of Hull (UK). Her professional background is in business and the Youth NGO Sector where she has worked first as an administrator and then  as a trainer and expert in both paid and voluntary capacities. Through her work in the youth field, and having volunteered since childhood in a variety of fields including Youth Advocacy, International Development, Disability, Environment, Immigration, Human Rights, Sports etc, Gabriella was involved in the campaign to establish 2011 as the European Year of Volunteering. She has worked closely with the Centre for European Volunteering (CEV) since 2010 in her role as Project Manager for the EYV2011 Alliance until the end of the project in  2012 when she became CEV Director.

About the Centre for European Volunteering (CEV)

The Centre for European Volunteering (CEV) (until 1 July 2020 known as the European Volunteer Centre), established in 1992, is the European network of over 60 organisations dedicated to the promotion of, and support to, volunteers and volunteering in Europe at European, national or regional level.

Through our network we aim to be the leading voice in the values-based volunteering debate in Europe, influencing and sharing the current trends & challenges and those predicted for the future,  developing and providing policy advice and expertise for European Policymakers so that volunteering policies and programmes developed at European level are effective and fit for purpose. Network members are also supported to further their own objectives at national/regional & European level by the protection and support for a free and enabling civil society space, advocating for suitable European funding support, and by developing supportive policy statements at the European level on pertinent volunteering issues.  In this way, reaching out to the many thousands of volunteers and volunteer organisations in Europe as a source of support in bringing the European dimension to their work.