New publications and guest lectures by the researchers of the institute

Dr. Darka Podmenik, external scientific collaborator of the Institute IRSA and young researcher Maruša Gorišek, published an article in Research in Social Change.


Dr. Darka Podmenik, Maruša Gorišek, mag. (Institute for developmental and strategic analysis)

This paper’s main aim is to observe and confirm youth unemployment as a structural phenomenon in certain EU countries, including Slovenia. An innovative contribution is that it complements the prevailing economistic discourse with a sociological one. In the introduction, a brief history and overview of youth unemployment is presented. Slovenia is only briefly mentioned as having one of the relatively longest-lasting youth unemployment rates in the EU. In sections 2 and 3, approaches from economics and sociology are relied on while discussing three ‘types’ of EU countries with regard to different structural unemployment rates. From a sociological view, the long-term nature of youth unemployment is described, together with its impact on the social structure and (possible) socially destructive and economically destabilizing consequences. In section 4, analysis of “every-day life” indicators, namely, young people’s perceptions of work and life, reveals some surprising facts that depart from previous findings. In short: young people are more satisfied with their work and lives than older generations.

RSC Volume 12, Issue 2, May 2020 (p. 80)

Dr. Darka Podmenik, external scientific collaborator of the institute IRSA and Maruša Gorišek, young researcher, conducted a guest lecture at the Jean Monnet Chair European – Transnational governance for sustainable development (2019-2022, led by prof. dr. Matej Makarovič) summer school.  The lecture took part at FUDŠ on 25. may 2020.

Dr. Darka Podmenik, external scientific collaborator of the institute IRSA and Maruša Gorišek, young researcher took part in the 6th International Scientific Conference titled: Knowledge Based Sustainable Development – ERAZ 2020. Their paper entitled Will younger people pay the higher price of the pandemic? was accepted and published in conference proceedings.

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