Strategic Transitions for Youth Labour in Europe (STYLE) (2017)

DSPI Principal Investigator: Martin Seeleib-Kaiser
Funded by: European Research Council

Professor Seeleib-Kaiser left DSPI in 2017. For most recent information, please visit 

The project is financed through the Seventh Framework Program for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement no 61325, and is a European wide collaboration between leading universities and research institutes.

Within the Strategic Transition for Youth Labour in Europe project we will analyse the effects of youth outsiderness on social participation and the perceptions that young people have of this societal issue across different countries and welfare regimes. To this end we use a mixed approach, including both quantitative and qualitative analysis.  

Using data from the European Union Statistics on Income and Living Conditions Dataset (2005-2011) we aim to provide a better understanding of the macro and micro determinants of participation in formal (e.g. participation in activities of political parties and trade unions)  and informal networks (e.g. frequency of getting together with relatives and friends) in 25 EU Member states. Qualitative analysis will complement our quantitative analysis of labour market outsiderness and societal participation using semi-structured interviews with representatives of youth groups in Austria, Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom. These five countries are chosen because they are characterised by very different labour market conditions/outcomes, display distinct approaches to labour market policy and belong to different welfare regimes and worlds of capitalism.

Our final aim is to map and understand how labour market outsiderness impacts on social participation across different welfare regimes in Europe and to explore perceptions on: (i) the causes of youth labour market outsiderness; (ii) the effectiveness of different EU-level and national-level policies to tackle youth labour market outsiderness, and; (iii) how youth labour market outsiderness affects their societal participation.

Oxford Team was: Elaine Chase, Bastian Betthäuser, Emanuele Ferragina, Martin Seeleib-Kaiser, Thees Spreckelsen.

Further information about the overall research programme can be found via the following link:

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement no 61325.