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Signe Ravn

Senior Lecturer In Sociology
Social And Political Sciences
Qualitative Research
Youth transitions
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Signe Ravn

Primary Interest
Sociology of youth
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Signe Ravn


Dr Signe Ravn is a Senior Lecturer in Sociology in the School of Social and Political Sciences. Signe's research is based in the sociology of youth with a particular focus on risk, gender, disadvantaged youth, and processes of marginalisation in youth transitions to adulthood.

She is interested in how young people in complex and disadvantaged situations navigate their present and imagine their futures.

Signe's research also contributes to the further development of qualitative research methods. She has extensive experience with conducting interviews and focus groups and works with visual and creative methods such as photo elicitation, life charts and drawings in her research.

Signe is currently on an ARC DECRA fellowship (2017-2020). This qualitative, longitudinal research project examines the everyday lives and imagined futures of young girls who have left the mainstream school system before finishing Year 12. The project is based in the sociology of youth and engages with key questions about how youth transitions are shaped in times of social change by exploring micro-processes of marginalisation, temporality and subjectivity with a particular focus on relations to place and belonging. Read more about this project here:

Signe has published her research in a number of high-ranking international journals such as Sociology, Current Sociology, Sociology of Health & Illness, British Journal of Sociology of Education, Journal of Youth Studies and Men & Masculinities. In 2019 she published her co-authored book 'Youth, risk, routine. A new perspective on risk-taking in young lives (Routledge) with Tea Torbenfeldt Bengtsson. She also publishes in Danish language books from time to time and has disseminated her research findings through a number of talks and presentations to professionals working with vulnerable youth, drug treatment etc.

Signe is an Associate Editor on the Journal of Youth Studies and the co-founder and -convenor of the Narrative Network in the Faculty of Arts, University of Melbourne.

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Honours, Awards and Fellowships


Sapere Aude 'Young Elite Researcher' grant

Danish Council for Independent Research


Research Fellow at SFI - The Danish National Centre for Social Research





Senior Lecturer In Sociology

Social And Political Sciences

Member Of Rn20 (Qualitative Methods) And Rn30 (Youth & Generation)

ESA - The European Sociological Association


Doctor of Philosophy

Aarhus University

Master of Science

Copenhagen University

Bachelor of Science

Copenhagen University