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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Magda Bolzoni

Magda Bolzoni

Position: Research Fellow

Field of study: Sociology

Research topics: Social exclusion, socio-spatial inequalities, social policies, refugee studies, urban studies, gentrification

I’ve always been fascinated by how people define their own situation and build their path within a complex frame of opportunities and constraints. On the other side, the broader dynamics that contribute in shaping that frame have always intrigued me too. Also because of this fascination, I believe in the relevance of carrying on situated, multilevel analysis, connecting macro dynamics and everyday life. This approach has been the trait d’union of the researches I have had the chance to develop, being mostly interested in the issue of social justice and working on topics as refugees and asylum seekers in Western Countries, processes of urban change and neighbourhood gentrification, social policies and, thanks to the Except project, youths in situation of job insecurity.

I hold a PhD in Sociology and I’ve been lucky enough to spend periods of research in Cape Town and in Amsterdam, experiencing how enriching international networks and debates can be and enjoying the pleasure of continuous discovery.


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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