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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Kiki Deliyanni-Kouimtzi

Kiki Deliyanni-Kouimtzi

Position: Professor in the School of Psychology, Department of School and Developmental Psychology

Field of study: Sociology of Education

Research topics: Gender and Education, Feminist/ Gender Studies, Childhood and Youth Studies, Youth Transitions, Qualitative research methods

Having grown up as the eldest of three sisters -during the 60’s and 70’s- and being the mother of two daughters -who were in their teens and early youth during the 80’s and the 90’s- as well as the teacher of several female students over the past 40 years, I had the opportunity not only to observe and experience the tremendous changes that happened in women’s lives during the last decades, but also to contribute to these changes through my research and teaching. My research on gendered youth transitions from adolescence to adulthood has helped me to realise and understand the importance of women’s equal participation in the job market and the public sphere for the achievement of social equality and full citizenship for all members of society. Today, I am very much concerned with the consequences of the financial crisis and economic recession on these transitional processes –which have become increasingly protracted and complex- and on gender equality.


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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