EduWel Final Conference I

EDUWEL – FINAL CONFERENCE I – Scientific Results

“To live a life one has reason to value”

- Enhancing opportunities for socially vulnerable youth in Europe -


Valencia 3 – 6 June 2013


The dramatic effects of the financial crisis are disproportionally hitting Europe’s young population. Existing educational and labour market policies aimed at the young have not proved effective especially in relation to the most vulnerable, such as, for example, those with a background of migration or socio-economic disadvantage.

15 young research fellows - working in different European countries in the framework of the EU funded Marie Curie programme Education as Welfare (EduWel) - have researched the transition pathways of socially vulnerable youth after compulsory schooling. These studies have been supported by discussions with an international scientific community and with stakeholders. The young researchers have used the Capability Approach developed by Amartya Sen and Martha Nussbaum to explore vulnerabilities and opportunities of young people and the role education and welfare can play in enhancing opportunities towards a more equal and just society.

At the final conference in Valencia, the research fellows will present interdisciplinary findings indicating strategies to close the capability gap for socially vulnerable young young to enable them to live a life they have reason to value and to participate as social citizens.

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This final conference is organised in the framework of the FP 7 Marie Curie ITN EduWel by  the coordinator Bielefeld University in close cooperation with the department of ‘Development, International Cooperation and Ethics’ at Technical University of Valencia. The Conference venue is Universitat Politècnica de València.



Presentations during Final Conference

Conference Opening and Reflection of EduWel Programme

Network Coordinator  Hans-Uwe Otto & Susanne Gottuck

Symposium 1: When human vulnerability is not taken into account. A capability response to educational reforms in times of economic dominance

Symposium 2: Negotiating institutional trajectories: Young people’s aspirations, agency and biographies within different educational and welfare state settings

Symposium 3: Migration, aspirations and autonomy: narratives of young migrant people in different educational settings in Europe

Symposia 4: Analyzing Social Exclusion from a Longitudinal quantitative Perspective: A Capability based Approach

Symposia 5: Young people in transition into further education and into the labour market: opportunities, freedom and achievements

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