Prof. Dr. Klaus Hurrelmann

Professor of Public Health and Education

Klaus Hurrelmann teaches in the fields of health and education policy. He was educated as a social scientist at the Universities of Münster and Berkeley. He earned his doctorate with an empirical study on the social determinants of school achievement and his professorship in the field of "Education System and Society". Hurrelmann was a Professor of Socialisation and Education Research at the Universities of Essen and Bielefeld, before he also dedicated himself to the field of public health. In 1994, he played a key role in establishing the first German School of Public Health in Bielefeld. There, he spent many years as founding dean. For 12 years, he was the director of the Research Center SFB 227 "Prevention and Intervention in Childhood and Adolescence". He also led the German contribution to the international comparative study "Health Behaviour in School Children" for the World Health Organization. He was the head coordinator of the German Youth Surveys 2002, 2006 and 2010 and the German Children Surveys 2007 and 2010.

Curriculum Vitae

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There’s a disconnect between young people and political parties, says Klaus Hurrelmann.

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Klaus Hurrelmann explains why political parties need the Generation Y (in DE).

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On the occasion of World Children’s Day, Klaus Hurrelmann discusses the media habits and safety of our children.

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Klaus Hurrelmann comments on the new 2016 OECD Education at a Glance report (in DE).

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In an interview, Klaus Hurrelmann discusses young voters in the upcoming Berlin elections.

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Klaus Hurrelmann comments on child poverty in Germany (in DE).

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Klaus Hurrelmann tells Die Welt that Generation Y behaves carelessly (in DE).

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Klaus Hurrelmann explains what sets Generation Y apart (in DE).

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According to Hurrelman, young parents face not only new, but also bigger challenges with managing their family life than older generations.

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According to Klaus Hurrelmann, young parents face new and bigger challenges with managing their family life than older generations (in DE).

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Research and Expertise

Professor Hurrelmann's key areas of research interest and expertise are:

  • Childhood and Society
  • Education Policy in Welfare States
  • Health Risks in Childhood and Adolescence
  • Prevention – Theory and Methods
  • Public Health and Public Policy
  • Social Determinants of Health and Illness
  • Social Determinants of Education
  • Sociology of Adolescence
  • Sociology of the Family
  • Theory of Socialization
  • Social Structure and Personality Development
  • Human Development and Health

One of Professor Hurrelmann's current research topics is the strategic connection between education, social, and health policies, in order to develop wide-ranging intervention strategies for the socially and health disadvantaged.

Contact Details

Angelika Behlen
Faculty Assistant to Mark Dawson and Klaus Hurrelmann
Phone: +49 (0)30 259 219 -305
Fax: +49 (0)30 259 219-111
Professor of Public Health and Education