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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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Sina Schadow

Sina Schadow

Position: Research Assistant in EXCEPT Project

Field of study: Sociology

Research topics: Social stratification/inequality; qualitative methodology, sociology of medicine and health, symbolic interactionism, biography research

I started my first job when I was a student and I never thought much about labour market uncertainties. The first project I worked on looked at people who suffered from headaches, but unsecure employment became quickly an important issue. Many people told us, how they suffered from employment uncertainties. But  they were near retirement age and towards the end of their careers.   However, for me the EXCEPT project is fascinating, as I wonder: what does it mean to be affected by job insecurities during the early years of your career? And how does this impact on one's future life? 


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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