Micha de Winter (1951) is professor of Youth Studies at the Utrecht University of Applied Sciences, and Faculty-professor of social education and youth policy at the faculty of social and behavioural sciences at the Utrecht University, the Netherlands. He was trained as a developmental psychologist, and as a family therapist at the Philadelphia Child Guidance Clinic (USA). His main interests (research and teaching) are social education, the socializing role of civil society, prevention of childhood and youth problems, youth participation, (non)formal education for democratic citizenship and radicalization of youth. He is the author of numerous books and articles on these and other subjects. Among his publications are ‘Children as Fellow Citizens, participation and commitment’ (1997), ‘Someone who treats you as an ordinary human being. Homeless Youth examine the quality of professional care’ (2003), ‘Childrearing, education and youth policy for the common good’ (2007) and ‘Socialization and Civil Society’ (2012). He chairs a scientific committee that investigates violence against children in Child Protection Institutions and Foster Care since 1945.