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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Christina Athanasiades

Christina Athanasiades

Position: Assistant Professor in Counseling Psychology, Department of Psychology

Field of study: Psychology

Research topics: career counseling; women’s counseling; school counseling and transition to adulthood; gender research and gender equality issues; qualitative methods;      

Being a refugee myself (due to the 1974 Turkish invasion in Cyprus) and, later on, living overseas as a graduate student in the United States, I always felt that a combination of multiple –if not marginal– identities has been an asset and not a deficiency towards autonomy in life. I hope that through my work in the academia, I could convey these life experiences, as well as valuable knowledge and skills, to younger people in my country and in Europe.


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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