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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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Chiara Ghislieri

Chiara Ghislieri

Position: Associate Professor Work and Organizational Psychology

Field of study: Psychology

Research topics: Work-family balance and conflict; wellbeing at work, in organization; leadership and followership; vocational guidance and training

As child and as a young girl, it was hard for me to say what my "dream", in terms of future work. I liked a lot of different things and I was good in different subjects: it was difficult to make a decision! I was interested in literature, art, music but I liked also the sciences, they made me want to know more, to deepen, to study.

Only during college, I realized it was "studying" the underlying theme. Even now, often it surprises me, that my actual work is to do what I wanted.

Almost "magically", sometimes I think, I got to make this work: do research and study the theme that was my "problem" that is the choice in training and work, and the intertwining of work and rest of life in the promotion of the psychological well-being.

But growing up, study was not enough: for this reason, in my areas of research I always look for a way to identify applications, in terms of actions to promote awareness of the institutions with respect to the results of research, but also projects aimed at influencing policy and practices in organizations, and, at last, experimentations to test good practice.


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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