The Nordic regime of youth transitions

Youth Research Centre Seminar Series 2016

Professor Gestur Guðmundsson, University of Iceland, School of Education

Facilitated by Dr Hernán Cuervo, Youth Research Centre, Melbourne Graduate School of Education

European youth researchers have identified different regimes of youth transitions. The universalistic regimes of the Nordic countries contrast the liberal regime of the United Kingdom, by putting weight on the opportunities of all young people to acquire more than compulsory education. In the recent economic recession extensive governmental measures have aimed at activation and education of young people in the Nordic countries, to prevent long-term unemployment. The lecture is based on research into the effects of these measures and gives examples of good practice as well as the general dilemmas of policy that aims at sustainable balance between social welfare and economic growth.


Professor Gestur Guðmundsson

Gestur Guðmundsson has been professor in Sociology of Education at the University of Iceland since 2005, and before that he worked at universities in Denmark, where he received his PhD in Sociology in 1991. Gestur has done extensive research into youth transitions and youth culture in Iceland, Denmark and internationally, especially into education, youth unemployment and the culture and agency of young people. He has published books in Icelandic, Danish and English and several articles in journals as YOUNG – Nordic Journal of Youth Research and Journal of Youth Studies.