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 Euros (thereof 256,906 Euros for the University of Bamberg)

Cooperation Partners:

  • Tallinn University, Estonia (Dr. Marge Unt, Principal Investigator)
  • Universität 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:

Currently, 58 researchers and 13 members of the advisory board are engaged in the EXCEPT project.

Involved researchers at the University of Bamberg:

Short description: Against the background of youth’s increasing labour market insecurities during the recent crisis, this interdisciplinary and internationally comparative project aims to provide a comprehensive understanding of the consequences of youth labour market vulnerability and the subsequent risk 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 risk of poverty and material deprivation, their subjective well-being and health status as well as their ability to reach independence from childhood homes 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 their coping strategies within 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, based on expert interviews and policy evaluation analyses, the diffusion and effectiveness of EU and national policies which address various issues of youth’s social exclusion are assessed in EU-28. A central objective of this comparative project is to discover examples of best practices and provide suggestions for reforms and policies which will help improve the social situation of young people facing labour market insecurities while simultaneously involving youths own voices in the process. By including and addressing different stakeholder groups at all stages of the project the dissemination of results will be ensured.

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