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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Valentina Goglio

Valentina Goglio

Position: Research Fellow in the Except Project

Field of study: Sociology

Research topics: Labor market entry and early career of youth; higher education systems; inequalities and social stratification; institutional theory and organizational change

Valentina Goglio holds a PhD in Labour Studies from the University of Milan (IT), her dissertation crossed borders between Economic Sociology, Sociology of Education and Organizational Studies. She has been visiting scholar at the School of Education at Stanford University (USA) and her background includes a master degree in International Relations.

Her research experience is in the field of Higher Education, at national and comparative level; labor market transitions and early career of youth, adults skills and occupational mismatch.


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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