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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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Epp Reiska

Epp Reiska

Position: Research assistant

Field of study: Sociology

Research topics:


I have never really been afraid of being unemployed but rather sometimes feel overwhelmed with the different things I want and have the opportunity to do. I guess no being worried about my employment options is partly thanks to a good safety net provided by my family, friends and colleagues and partly because of some lucky coincidences. However, for a bystander my current work situation might seem unstable as I have two part-time jobs, one of them is dependent on the EU financing and the other with a fixed-term contract. This shows how the perception on one’s own life might differ from the so-called objective description. The EXCEPT project enables youth to describe their life through interviews and pictures and hopefully this will enable us as researches to go beyond describing the situation only as a bystanders.


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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