EXCEPT Project

EXCEPT: Social Exclusion of Youth in Europe: Cumulative Disadvantage, Coping Strategies, Effective Policies and Transfer

Duration: 1 May 2015 - 30 April 2018
Funding: European Commission - Horizon 2020; focus „Societal Challenges-Inclusive, innovative & reflective societies- Call YOUNG-1-2014”
Funding volume: 2,497,416 Euro (thereof 256,906 Euro for the University of Bamberg)

Research network:

62 researchers from 9 countries

Cooperation partners:
    Tallinn University, Estonia (Dr. Marge Unt, Principal Investigator)
    University of Bamberg, Germany (Prof. Dr. Michael Gebel, Co- Principal Investigator)
    University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany
    Institute for the Study of Societies and Knowledge, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Sofia, Bulgaria
    Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece
    University of Turin, Italy
    Educational Research Institute, Warsaw, Poland
    Umeå University, Sweden
    University of Kent, Centre for Health Services Studies, United Kingdom
    Kyiv School of Economics, Kyiv Economics Institute, Ukraine
Involved researchers at the University of Bamberg:
    Prof. Dr. Michael Gebel (Project Director)
    Christoph Schlee (Research Associate)
    Jonas Voßemer (Research Associate)

Short description:

Against the background of increasing labour market insecurities among youth during the recent crisis, the aim of this interdisciplinary and internationally comparative project is to provide a comprehensive understanding of the consequences of youth labour market vulnerability for risks of social exclusion in Europe. A multidimensional dynamic perspective on both objective and subjective dimensions of the social exclusion of young people is adopted in order to identify the complex interrelationships and potential risks of cumulative disadvantages and possible compensatory mechanisms. Specifically, implications of labour market insecurities for youth’s risks of poverty and material deprivation, their subjective well-being and health status as well as their ability to reach independence from parental home are investigated in a mixed-method approach. First, qualitative interviews are conducted with youths from nine selected European countries including Ukraine in order to reach an in-depth understanding of how disadvantaged youths perceive their social situation and try to cope with it in different economic, institutional and cultural environments. Second, quantitative methods are applied using EU-28 and national micro-data in order to identify the causal interrelationships and dynamic processes of youth’s social exclusion in different national contexts. Third, the diffusion and effectiveness of EU and national policies that address various issues of youth social exclusion are assessed in EU-28 based on expert interviews and policy evaluation analyses. A central objective of this comparative project is to learn about examples of best practices and provide suggestions for reforms and policies that help improving the social situation of young people who face labour market insecurities and also involve youth own voice in this process. By involving and addressing different stakeholder groups at all stages of the project the dissemination of results will be ensured.

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