Our team and Partners

Project Coordinator - Dr. Marge Unt

As a kid, I never wanted to grow up. To me, the grown-up world was not something to look for. What is this "work" they always claim to have? Why do they refuse to run around in fields and find shapes in clouds? And why do adults assume that they know it all and are still so stressed? Now, I have made this transition and have entered the world of my own family and work. However, I am still deeply interested in how youth experience becoming an adult in different contexts.


Project Co-coordinator - Prof. Dr. Michael Gebel

When I grew up, Germany experienced serious mass unemployment and was called the “sick man of Europe”. I saw friends suffering from unemployment and insecure jobs. But there were also success stories of friends coping with such a situation and also escaping from it. Nowadays, after a period of policy reforms, the situation is better in Germany but there are still many problems. These observations raised my interest in understanding how youths avoid getting into trouble and which policies help.



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Lia Figgou

Lia Figgou

Position: Assistant Professor of Social Psychology of Intergroup Relations

Field of study: Psychology

Research topics: Racism, discrimination and social exclusion, identity and citizenship, social representations of immigration, immigrants’ social integration and participation, qualitative research methods, discursive and rhetorical analysis of qualitative data

Having been -early in my research career- involved in studies related to social exclusion and immigration, precarity was usually a sine qua non condition of my research participants. As an academic in crisis ridden Greece, I witness the paradox of providing young people with qualifications and skills which, instead of paving the road to autonomy and employment, they end up being a passport to insecurity and unemployment


Advisory board:

Hans-Peter Blossfeld
Caroline Dewilde
Duncan Gallie
Massimiliano Mascherini
Jale Tosun
Gianfranco Bordone
Laura Orestano
Franco Chiaramonte
Luca Chiapella
Vanessa Di Paola
Virginie Mora
Ruth Santos-Brien
Rita Bergstein

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