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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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Christoph Schlee

Christoph Schlee

Position: PhD Student/Research Associate in EXCEPT Project

Field of study: Sociology

Research topics: Sociology of labor; labor law; qualitative methods; mixed-methods


Even before I started studying Sociology, I had been interested in labour market issues and how they affect the lives of people individually. As a recent university graduate I had been searching a job for almost four month. It was a hard time, but quite common in Germany. Family support and different minijobs had helped me to handle this situation until I fortunately found a job. But there are a lot of young people across Europe who suffer from unemployment. Knowing that a good labour market position is very important, they live a life of uncertainty with bad future prospects. They couldn’t find a solution to gain a foothold in the labour market. As a member of the EXCEPT-project, I want to investigate how they perceive their situations and cope with them.


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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