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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Janika Kletzing

Janika Kletzing

Position: Member of the project staff

Field of study:  Social Work

Research topics: Youth unemployment

During my early teens, I witnessed first hand the impact of  unemployment, uncertainty and fear of the future when some friends of mine were unable to find jobs after we finished school. This experience influenced me greatly and made me understand the importance of my education and occupational choices. Within the EXCEPT project, we deal with young people and their problems around finding long-term employment. We also examine the impact of social exclusion and job insecurity. Being 26 myself, these issues resonate with me, and makes the work in this project particularly interesting. I am very grateful for the opportunity to be part of a team of international experts. I am sure that the findings of this research project will have an impact on my own life journey.


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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