Problematic school-to-work transitions in Europe

Maastricht, 30 mars 2019 | Call for papers

Call for papers. Problematic school-to-work transitions in Europe

Call fior papers for the 27th annual workshop of the European Research Network on Transitions in Youth (TIY) held in Maastricht, the Netherlands, from 2 to 5 October 2019.


The theme of this year’s workshop is: Problematic school-to-work transitions in Europe.

Abstract submission deadline: March 30, 2019



In some European countries, school-to-work transitions appear to have become much more challenging and diverse during the last decade, and particularly so after the Great Recession. While some countries have reverted to pre-recession levels of youth unemployment, others still struggle with high youth unemployment, and long-term NEET rates that prove persistent and hard to influence with policies. Many young people enter the labour market in precarious jobs and have temporary contracts. Many do not find employment in their field of study. These inequalities in youth transitions could further cement social inequalities within countries.

So why are young people more likely to experience a problematic school-to-work transition in some countries than in others? Youth transition research has come a long way to provide us with important insights on the role of institutions, such as employment legislation and vocational training systems. At the same time, innovative and longitudinal micro data on diverse topics such as health, non-cognitive skills, networks, and time-use enable researchers to uncover mechanisms, some of which previously considered black boxes. This has increased our theoretical understanding of barriers some youth face while transitioning to the labour market.

However, more research exploring transition processes is still needed. Improved access to longitudinal data and improved methods to analyze sequences of events as well as to assess causal relationships, enable studying the school-to-work transition not as a linear process, but unveils the sequence of recurrent, interacting, and often parallel events in education and on the labour market that together shape the transition phase. Another promising avenue aims to explain how different people act in different contexts. Such research is necessarily inter-disciplinary and integrates theory and methods from sociology, demography, economics, and other disciplines.

The Network Committee therefore cordially invites authors to submit contributions concerning the area of youth transitions, especially – but not exclusively – the analysis of problematic transitions from education to the labour market in a macro-micro-macro perspective.

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