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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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Valentina Moiso

Valentina Moiso

Position: Research Fellow in the Except Project

Field of study: Sociology

Research topics: Household finance; access to money and innovation in money circuits; financialisation and inequalities; social vulnerability

I have always been interested in inequality of opportunities among people and in the way the institutions can shrink it without restricting personal freedom. The financial crisis at the beginning of the 2000s and the following reforms, in Italy in particular, made it clear that institutions can also have a negative impact on individual plans, changing the frameworks in which people act.

To go deeper in such a stimulating topic, when I had to continue my studies after a Master’s in Economics, I asked myself: “So, behind all these numbers, how do people act in daily life, what strategies do they put in place and what meaning do they give to their actions?”…without assuming a “one best way” to which everyone should align.

That’s how my passion for Sociology born, and I developed this by studying in particular access to money and debts, financialisation and social vulnerability, and now the relationship between these topics and job instability.


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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