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Janikke S. Vedeler, researcher at NOVA. Photo: NOVA, HiOA

Discussing NEGOTIATE results with employers and case workers

by Greta Juul

Vedeler and Tolgensbakk presented policy recommendations from NEGOTIATE at seminar in Bodø, Norway.

On 1 June 2017 NEGOTIATE researchers Janikke Solstad Vedeler (photo) and Ida Tolgensbakk (NOVA, HiOA) were invited to present results from our project to case workers, employers and others at a conference in Bodø: Vi vil ha deg med – en konferanse om inkludering (We want you in! A conference on inclusiveness).

The topic was how to include marginalized youth and migrants in the ordinary labour market. The event was organized by IA-rådet i Nordland and NAV Arbeidslivssenter Nordland , and  well attended, and generated many interesting discussions.

The title of Vedeler and Tolgensbakk’s talk was «Tales of being left behind – On being unemployed as an young adult». They presented some main points from the research going on in NEGOTIATE, before concentrating on subjective experiences of unemployment from the more than 200 life story interviews conducted in NEGOTIATE. The security net provided by the welfare state, in Norway represented by NAV, becomes very important when young people are without income. The interviews tell varied stories: from not needing or wanting to ask for help at all, to being helped in a myriad of ways.

Vedeler and Tolgensbakk ended their talk with pointing to the main policy recommendations from the youth themselves:

  • More, and more robust apprenticeships
  • Better, individually tailored governmental services
  • Better control with existing laws and regulations
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NEGOTIATE at ERAZ conference in Belgrade, Serbia

by Ischi Graus

On 8 June 2017 NEGOTIATE researcher Veneta Krasteva took part in the ‘3rd International Scientific Conference: Knowledge Based Sustainable Economic Development’ (ERAZ) held in Belgrade, Serbia. The event was organised by the Faculty of Applied Management, Economics and Finance, Belgrade in collaboration with the Faculty of Business Studies, Mediterranean University – Podgorica, Montenegro; University of National and World Economy – Sofia, Bulgaria; Faculty of Commercial and Business Studies – Celje, Slovenia and the Association of Economists and Managers of the Balkans.

Conference ERAZ is supported by the Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development of Republic of Serbia. The event was attended by researchers from eight countries from different scientific organizations, stakeholders and media.

In the beginning of her presentation Veneta Krasteva has presented NEGOTIATE project – its aims, the main stages of work and consortium members. Leaflets among the guests were distributed.

After that, based on life-course interviews conducted in the framework of NEGOTIATE project, Veneta Krasteva has revealed the subjective experience and perception of job insecurity and unemployment of people from two birth cohorts in Bulgaria, who have entered the labour market in periods of economic crisis. In the text the researcher shows: How the interviewees perceive their own situation and capabilities for action and choice when entering the labour market. The themes discussed in the report were the challenges associated with economic crisis, the impact of education, the role of employers, the importance of gender and the source of support.

A paper:Early job insecurity and unemployment: a thematic analysis of interviews with two generations in Bulgaria” will be published in the “Proceedings of the Third International Scientific Conference – ERAZ 2017” after peer reviewing.



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NEGOTIATE at the Applied Stochastic Models and Data Analysis International Conference

by Ischi Graus

In June 2017 the 17th Applied Stochastic Models and Data Analysis (ASMDA) International Conference was held, together with the 6th Demographic Workshop, in London, UK, at de Morgan house of the London Mathematical Society. The main goal of the conference was to promote new methods and techniques in analysing data in fields like stochastic modeling, optimisation techniques, statistical methods and inference, data mining and knowledge systems, demography and life table data analysis. ASMDA Conference and Demographics Workshop aimed at bringing together people from both stochastic, data analysis and demography areas. Special attention is given to applications or to new theoretical results having potential of solving real life problems.

Maria Symeonaki, contributor to the conference and chair of the Invited Session ‘Labour Market Transitions’ that she has organised presented two papers co-authored with Glykeria Stamatopoulou and Maria Karamessini. Contributors Dimitris Parsanoglou and Aggeliki Yfanti presented their study on the employers’ assessments on hiring and the results from a vignette experiment. The presentations are the following:

  1. Symeonaki, G. Stamatopoulou and M. Karamessini, On the measurement of early job insecurity. (paper)
  2. Symeonaki, G. Stamatopoulou and M. Karamessini, Labour market flows in Europe: Evidence from the EU-LFS.
  3. Parsanoglou and A. Yfanti, Employers’ assessments on hiring: results from a vignette experiment.
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Negotiate at the innovative Youth Expo in Bulgaria

by Greta Juul

Representatives of the Institute for the Study of Societies and Knowledge participated in the Second Edition of the innovative Youth Expo.

The Expo was organized by the Angel Kanchev University of Ruse and supported by the Ministry of Education and the National Representation of the Student Councils in Bulgaria. The event was held on 12 May, 2017 in the Danube Capital – Ruse.

At this event, a total of 33 participants of universities, academic clubs and schools presented their innovative developments – from the exchange of good pedagogical practices, through drones and robots created in university laboratories, innovative approaches to art therapy, to drawings of microorganisms.

ISSK-BAS presented with its current research and projects related to youth – its social inclusion (project EXCEPT headed by Prof. Maria Zhelyazkova), the transition between education and employment and the overcoming of social inequalities in this transition (Project NEGOTIATE and Bulgarian-Swiss research project headed by Prof. Rumyana Stoilova), as well as its development through lifelong learning (ENLIVEN project headed by Prof. Pepka Boyadjieva).

The team from ISSK-BAS distributed information materials to all participants, concerning the projects (EXCEPT, NEGOTIATE and ENLIVEN). The projects posters attracted the attention of many visitors.

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NEGOTIATE results presented in Brazil

by Greta Juul

On the 19th, of March, Negotiate researcher Kjetil Klette Boehler presented findings from the life course interviews conducted at the Faculty of Education at the University of Campinas in Brazil.

The talk was in Portuguese and based upon Deliverable 4.4 (authored by I. Tolgensbakk, J. Vedeler and B. Hvinden). It was followed by engaged and fruitful discussions with Brazilian scholars and graduate students in the field about the consequences of unemployment for young adults in Europe and Brazil.

Focus and results from the talk

Based upon analysis of interview summaries from 211 interviews, conducted in seven European countries (Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Germany, Greece, Norway, Poland and the UK), the authors examined the following three questions:

  1. From a cross-national perspective, what are the main narratives of people who have experienced job insecurity in their early youth as they transitioned into adulthood? How did they seek to actively cope with job insecurity?
  2. What are the effects of unemployment on the interviewees’ subjective experiences of social trust and life satisfaction?
  3. What are the interviewees’ policy recommendations?

Despite difficulties in finding similarities in data from such diverse countries and cohorts the authors identified four main narratives:

  1. The Stumbler Narrative consists of youths narrating their initial but passing troubles in their transition from education to labour.
  2. The Precariat Narrative is expressed by people who have experienced or are still experiencing a life situation of economic insecurity due to the lack of a permanent position. Temporary employment, either with or without a contract, emerge as a common factor.
  3. The Messy Life Narrative is distinguished by the telling of life trajectories that somehow got out of hand: chaotic upbringings, ill health and/or abuse issues are some of the themes that characterise this narrative group.
  4. The Great Crisis Narrative portrays unemployment in the wider sense of catastrophic societal crisis and loss. These stories are marked by a sense of hopelessness, and the interviewees portray their unemployment as a fate that is completely out of their control.

Based upon analysis of the interview data the authors also identified policy proposals from the informants in the in the areas of education, employment services and the practices of employers. In short, the informants underscored the importance of:

  • More and robust apprenticeships,
  • Better, individually tailored governmental services, rendered by employment agency caseworkers who do not only see you as a number, but as an individual, and
  • Better monitoring of existing legislation that is supposed to protect workers from precarity and exploitation by employers.

The fact that unemployment among young adults is rising in Brazil, as well as in Europe the last decade, made the topic highly relevant for Brazilian scholars. The participants in the audience showed great interest in the project and were eager to learn more about the NEGOTIATE project.

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