Forschungsprojekt: GUSTO

GUSTO-Meeting the challenges of economic uncertainty and sustainability through employment, industrial relations, social and environmental policies in European countries

Coping with economic uncertainty while seeking security is a central dilemma of public policy in a globalising economy. A complex set of deals and conflicts are involved in the process of distributing the gains and the burdens of that uncertainty, and various forms of employment contracts and labour and social policies express their outcome. The aim of GUSTO is to study that process and its implications for societal models and to consider policy options for the future. Social policy becomes increasingly integrated with employment and industrial relations practices, while both the sustainability of the institutions themselves and their impact on the natural environment require consideration. Challenges are also presented by the different forms of governance at work in the various policy fields.

GUSTO’s work is organized in different work packages (WPs). Making part of work package 3, our research focuses on job and employment insecurities of young people and family formation in continental welfare states (Germany and France).

Further information:

Duration: 01/03/2009 - 28/02/2012

Team:  Prof. Dr. Ute Klammer, Michael Wiedemeyer, Lisa Ahles

Coordinator: University of Warwick
Warwick Business School
UK - Coventry
Colin Crouch

Project Partners: GUSTO brings together academic teams from ten European countries and Canada, and also has the active participation of the European Trade Union Institute:

  • Stichting Universiteit van Tilburg
    Department of Sociology
    Ruud MUFFELS
    NL – Tilburg
  • Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona
    Centre d'estudis Sociológicos sobre la vida Quotidiana
    i el Treball
    Antonio MARTÍN
    ES - Cerdanyola del Vallès
  • Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique
    Centre d'Economie de la Sorbonne
    Jean -Claude BARBIER
    FR – Paris
  • Közép-európai Egyetem
    Department of Political Science
    Dorothee BOHLE
    HU – Budapest
  • Aalborg University
    Department for Economics, Politics and Public Administration
    Per Kongshøj MADSEN
    DK - Aalborg
  • Masarykova Univerzita
    Eva CERNA
    CZ – Brno
  • Universiteit van Amsterdam
    Hugo Sinzheimer Instituut
    Els SOL
    NL – Amsterdam
  • University of Teramo
    Department of Sciences of Communication
    Luigi BURRONI
    IT – Teramo
  • Universität Duisburg-Essen
    FB Bildungswissenschaften
    DE – Essen
  • London School of Economics and Political Science
    European Institute
    Iain BEGG
    UK – London
  • Institut Syndical Européen pour la Recherche,
    la Formation, la Santé et la Sécurité
    Research Department
    Maarten KEUNE
    BE – Brussels
  • McGill University
    Royal Institution for the Advancement of Learning
    Department of Sociology
    CA – Montreal

Working Papers:

Ahles, Lisa (2010): Labour Market Uncertainties of Young People – France and Germany Compared, GUSTO Working Paper, contribution to Workshop III, Université Paris Sorbonne, 20-22 September 2010.

Letablier, Marie-Thérèse/Salles, Anne (2011): Labour market uncertainties for the Young Workforce in France and Germany: implications on fertility and family formation, GUSTO Working Paper, contribution to Workshop IV, University of Amsterdam, 28-29 April 2011.

Niehaus, Moriz (2011): Effects of flexible employment and job insecurity on fertility decisions. The case of German temporary agency workers, GUSTO Working Paper, contribution to Workshop V, University of Amsterdam, 4-6 of September 2011.

Ahles, Lisa/ Klammer, Ute/ Wiedemeyer, Michael (2012): Labour Market Insecurities of Young People and Family Formation – France and Germany Compared, Final Report. Work Package 3 - Individual Pathways to Flexibility and Sustainability in Europe.