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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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Roberta Ricucci

Roberta Ricucci

Position: Associate Professor Sociology of Culture

Field of study: Sociology

Research topics: Inter-ethnic relation, sociology of migration, sociology of Islam, migration & integration policy, school-labour transition, qualitative methods

I was born and live in Turin and - although I have lived in many different parts of the world, from Europe to Australia to America - I feel closely bound to the city where in my leisure time I follow one of my main hobbies. I am greatly interested in aeronautics, particularly in latest-generation models, which fuse human ingenuity and technology's breathtaking leaps forward. But perhaps the most interesting experience I have done is to cross the Australian desert in a slow old train, all the while observing the surrounding emptiness.

Studying youth mobility and how countries manage both education and integration policies gives me an excellent excuse to indulge in my passion for travel. Of course there is considerable overlapping between leisure and working time. That's in my nature! In any case, whatever I do (attending the Olympic games in Sochi or a football match in Melbourne) and wherever I am (from San Francisco to Warsaw), the most important thing, I believe, is to do my work well and carefully; and if anybody accuses me of being over - meticulous, I like to think that feeling passionate about what we are doing is the essential aspect of our work as researchers.


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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