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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Simone Martino

Simone Martino

Position: Research Fellow 

Field of study: Sociology

Research topics: Youth Culture, Policy Evaluation, Quantitative Analysis, Socialisation, Education Religion, Pluralism, Comparative Church-State Relationship, Value

Do you study atypical careers? I am your perfect case study. My passion was history, indeed my first research was on feudalism in Piedmont in the Modern Era. However after spending a year locked in a library studying sixteenth century legal texts, I realized that the historian job was not so charming. I understood that I love to recognize social trends of contemporary society, and so I shifted to sociology and social sciences. So in the last decade I’ve participated at many research groups and I obtained a PhD in Sociology. However today we live in complex work framework and next to the research I had to experience different works: I’ve been involved in the organization of important international design and architecture festivals; I’ve coordinated the press office af a national publisher: I’ve been a social media manager, I’ve managed both at national and international levels complex projects dealing with environmental sustainability issues and developed a strong and useful experience as European public policies evaluator. You may imagine  how my previous research experiences are relevant for this project, but it is not. Most of the studies that I've done are on sociology of religion, religious pluralism, youth culture and socialization. At this point you have a one natural wonder: is Simone useful for this project? I hope to bring in EXCEPT my decade working experience in and out research with a particular attention to understand policies and to spread the results of this study to young people, stakeholders, policy makers and those who can deal with the problems that Except will cope with.


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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