Welfare Mixes and Financial Outcomes of Young People at University: a comparison of student lives in England, Italy and Sweden

ERI Building - University of Birmingham
Wednesday 24 January 2018 (12:30-13:30)

To register, please email Helen Harris h.m.a.harris@bham.ac.uk

Dr Lorenza Antonucci, Birmingham Fellow, School of Social Policy and CHASM Associate

In the greatest social change of the last 20 years, about half of Europe’s young people now attend university. Millennials who enter higher education, however, face increasing levels of debt, rising housing costs and a burgeoning sense of social insecurity.

This seminar presented the findings from ‘Student Lives in Crisis’ (Policy Press, 2016): a mixed method comparative research involving 84 young people at university, conducted across 6 cities in England, Italy and Sweden.

The presentation focussed on the relationship between young people’s welfare mixes (their access to family, state and market sources across countries) and their financial circumstances.

It discussed, in particular, the dynamics of reproduction of inequalities amongst young people and the role of national student support policies (in particular in the UK vs the other case-studies) in reinforcing/limiting existing inequalities.

The last part of the seminar revolved around the presentation of future research plans regarding youth transitions from university to work.

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