YOUTHShare Colloquium / Mini-Conference – Creating Resilient and Sharing Spaces for Youth in Mediterranean European Economic Area and beyond

Credits: YOUTHShare

November 5 2022, 9.00 – 13.00 CET / 10.00 – 14.00 EET

A hybrid event taking place online and in Rhodes, Greece. 

The aim of the YOUTHShare Colloquium / Mini-Conference is to foster a wide discussion between renowned scholars, academics and junior researchers from different institutions and disciplinary backgrounds working in the field of youth employment and studying policies for young NEETs. 

The economic crisis of 2008/2009 has increased unemployment and insecurity among young people. The European Union’s (EU) response through policy frameworks such as the Youth Guarantee (YG) Action Plan has not yet achieved significant results, especially for the countries of Southern Europe. Somewhat paradoxically, these programs, although designed to address youth unemployment and precarity, may be contributing to it. Specifically, structural inefficiencies are systematically covered under further labour flexibilisation, which exacerbates precarity, especially amidst recession and crisis. Moreover, the core/periphery polarization within the EU means that youth policies play out in completely different ways at different places. In this context, social background, gender, class, education, identities, and the wider economic environment, are key socio-spatial factors that determine the geographically unequal spread of NEETs across regions. 

The mini-conference will seek to address these issues and map the structural and socio-spatial parameters of youth unemployment and precariousness. Furthermore, it will explore the challenges and opportunities for spatially- informed responses of youth to the multiple contemporary crises. 

The Colloquium/ Mini Conference is organised with the support of the Ministry of Culture and Sports – Dodecanese Ephorate of Antiquities and is part of the events for the European Year of Youth. 

Read the program here.


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