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Dott. mag. Ruggero Cefalo, PhD

Adresse:A-1090 Wien, Rooseveltplatz 2
Zimmer:R 219
Telefon:+43 (1) 4277-49272
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Sprechstunde:nach Vereinbarung

Research interests


Social policies, labour market policies, educational policies and comparative welfare state analysis, youth studies and school-to-work transitions. I am particularly interested in the development of the Social Investment perspective and on the interaction among sets of institutions of different domains and policy fields.


Current projects


YOUNG_ADULLLT: Policies Supporting Young People in their Life Course. A Comparative Perspective of Lifelong Learning and Inclusion in Education and Work in Europe


Throughout Europe, many young adults face difficulties in their transition from schooling to working life. A large number of young people leave formal education either too early or lacking the necessary and adequate qualifications and skills for a successful entry into the labour market. This has severe impacts both at individual and societal levels in terms of personal and economic growth as well as in terms of social inclusion and cohesion. In the current economic context of post-recession after the financial crisis of 2007/2008, the social and economic situation of young adults has deteriorated in many regions throughout Europe calling for a reassessment of the distributional effects of policies targeting young people, especially those in vulnerable positions. In a context of precarity and scarcity of jobs, there is need to understand how this new context is shaping the educational and professional aspirations and life chances of young adults.


Against the background of a high fragmentation and persistent weakness and ineffectiveness of adult education policies across Europe, the international comparative research project “Policies supporting young Adults in their life course. A Comparative Perspective of Lifelong Learning and Inclusion in Education and Work in Europe”, in short YOUNG_ADULLLT starts at this point by focusing on the various lifelong learning policies (LLL) for young adults and analysing their potentially competing (and possibly ambivalent) orientations and objectives. The objective is to yield insights into their implications as well as intended and unintended effects on young adult life courses. YOUNG_ADULLLT aims at critically analysing current developments of LLL policies in Europe in order to prevent ill-fitted policies from further exacerbating existing imbalances and disparities as well as at identifying best practices and patterns of coordinating policy-making at local/regional level.


Website: http://www.young-adulllt.eu/

Frame: HORIZON 2020

Duration: 36 months


COHSMO: Inequality, urbanization and Territorial Cohesion - Developing the European Social Model of economic growth and democratic capacity


The principal aim of COHSMO is to investigate the relation between socio-economic structures of inequality, urbanization and territorial cohesion, and how territorial cohesion at different European scales affect economic growth, spatial justice and democratic capacities. The way that public, private and civil society stakeholders counter or cushion spatial injustice varies across localities in Europe. In common, is the need to develop the institutional capacities for place-based collaboration and democratically mobilize communities for policy development and adaptation.


Although location and place have gained attention in European policy and the theoretical thinking informing regional development policies, it is argued in COHSMO that we need to change our orientation in the direction of making place-informed theories and policies instead of applying existing theories and policies on places. This will be done by providing a cross-case analysis and assessment of territorial cohesion within three different cases in each of the seven national partner contexts based on a mixed-method and locality sensitive approach. The fieldwork will focus firstly on the relation between policy instruments and local experiences of territorial cohesion, and secondly on how “social investment strategies” relate to territorial cohesion and local conditions. Moreover, the project engages in an assessment of spatial development policies at different governance scales to map the impact of different policy instruments in the fight against spatial inequality and spatial injustice.


COHSMO is innovative in its differentiated approach to how location matters, and coupled with its conceptual advances COHSMO will develop ground breaking policy recommendations in relation to sustainable economic growth, spatial justice and democratic capacity. Because they stem from location-sensitive and cross-contextual research, such recommendations will make it possible to develop the European Social Model.


Frame: HORIZON 2020

Duration: 48 months

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