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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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Kadri Täht

Kadri Täht

Position: Associate Professor of Sociology

Field of study: Sociology

Research topics: Social inequality, work and family balance, comparative studies

When I started my working career as a research assistant, the first project I was involved in was about the formation of teachers’ occupational group – who were those who studied to become teachers, who actually became and how did all the process look like. Since then, my research interest has remained in one way or the other related to labor market – labor market entry, labor market exit, work and family, etc. My career in academia has been consisting of work on different projects, positions and countries, and could therefore be characterized as sequence of temporary employment situations. Maybe this – my personal experience with labor market flexibility and insecurity – is one of the reasons for my continuous interest in youth’ labor market entry process. Working in EXCEPT project allows me to continue exploring this field and I hope to contribute to the better understanding of that complex phenomenon.

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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