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


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


EXCEPT facts:

EXCEPT is a project under Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Action (call H2020-YOUNG-SOCIETY-2014).

It has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 649496.

Duration: 36 months from 1 May, 2015.

Budget: EUR 2,497,416 from the European Commission.

Scientific coordinator: Dr. Marge Unt, Senior Research Fellow, Institute of International and Social Studies, Tallinn University

Consortium members:

  1. Tallinn University (TLU), Estonia – Coordinator
  2. Carl Von Ossietzky University Oldenburg, (CUO), Germany – Deputy Coordinator
  3. University Duisburg-Essen (UDE), Germany
  4. Institute for the Study of Societies and Knowledge (ISSK), Bulgaria
  5. Aristotelio Panepistimio Thessalonikis (AUTH), Greece
  6. Universita Degli Studi di Torino (UNITO), Italy
  7. Instytut Badan Edukacyjnych (IBE), Poland
  8. Umea University (UMU), Sweden
  9. University of Kent , UK
  10. Kyiv Economics Institute (KSE), Ukraine


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 practises 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.

Expected impacts:

The project’s first expected impact is to help formulating and implementing policies relevant for meeting the goals of the Europe 2020 Strategy on the basis of specific overview of relevant flagship initiatives like Youth Guarantee, Youth Employment Initiative, etc.

The second expected impact refers to supporting collaboration, networking and mobility of researchers.

The third expected impact is to include the relevant communities, stakeholders, and practitioners in the research activities.

The fourth expected impact is to provide input and resources for mutual learning between Member States and Associated Countries with regard to the design of relevant policies and programmes.

The fifth expected impact is to bring the voice of youth more strongly into policy making and implementation.