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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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Rowena Merritt

Rowena Merritt

Position: Research Fellow

Field of study: Social Marketing

Research topics: Social marketing, evidence-based social marketing approaches, critical social marketing, public health, qualitative research


When I finished my degree, there were few jobs for graduates in the UK, so I decided to move abroad and went into marketing and communications. This resulted in much of my early 20s being spent trying to sell products such as American hotdogs – that job entailed me dressing up as a giant hotdog and running around baseball stadiums in Japan! After trying to get people to eat hotdogs, I decided to have a complete change of direction and started working on anti-obesity campaigns for the UK government. I still used all the same techniques as I had done when trying to sell the unhealthy food, but instead used them for social good. 


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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