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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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Paola Maria Torrioni

Paola Maria Torrioni

Position: Assistant Professor in Sociology of Culture

Field of study: Sociology

Research topics: Family, youth transition from parental household, transition to parenthood, socialization processes, quantitative analysis and in longitudinal qualitative analysis

I love medleys, interlacements, contaminations. My whole working history is built on the meeting between perspectives that, at first glance, it seems too hard keep together.

I have a degree in social psychology but I have a PhD in sociology and social comparative research. I’m a sociologist of family (or as some colleagues say a “familiologist”), but I think that the interlacements with other scientific fields (psychology, for instance) are crucial for my work. I started to study social processes using “numbers” (especially quantitative methodology), now I deal with mixed methods and I’m interested in life histories and narratives.

I am a researcher and a mother of three gorgeous teenagers.

The best adventures often arise from the meeting of different experiences.


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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