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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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Triin Lauri

Triin Lauri

Position: Lecturer of Public Policy, post-doc fellow

Field of study: Political Science and Administration

Fields of interests: School choice, educational governance, welfare states, family policy, labor market policy; fuzzy sets and configurational logic

I keep joking with my friends that my decision to become a scientist is a consequence of method of exclusion. By that I mean that my career path hasn’t been linear as I started my doctoral studies after 15 years career pursuit in other fields while waiting for my 3rd child. Even the topic of my PhD thesis – school choice - was real life inspired. However now, after 5 years in academia, I am happy to be here and I enjoy what I do. I have broadened my research field from school choice to other public policy fields. My special interest has been methodological tools to tackle non-linearities, one of which is QCA (Qualitative Comparative Analysis). My latest research has been focusing on explaining the configurational relationship between different fields of policy, including education, family and labor market policy.


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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