NEGOTIATE is a research project centred on young people in Europe. It examines the long- and short-term consequences of experiencing job insecurity or labour market exclusion in the transition to adulthood. By actively involving national and European stakeholders, as well as young people themselves, the project will contribute to evidence-based and effective policies preventing the adverse effects of early job insecurity and youth unemployment.


NEGOTIATE will take place over 36 months. The work will be organised in nine complementary work packages. Project management and scientific coordination efforts to ensure that the project fulfils its full potential are continuous tasks and relevant to all stages of the project. The analytical and empirical work defining NEGOTIATE will follow a research plan that is divided into three stages:

project structure

Stage 1 consists of an assessment of early job insecurity and youth unemployment as a theoretical challenge, leading to a refinement of the overarching analytical framework (WP2). The purpose here will be to ensure that the implementation of subsequent research tasks is underpinned by a common analytical framework that is shared by all consortium members, i.e., across disciplinary and country boundaries. As part of stage 1, we will also review existing empirical work with a view to operationalizing new tools for capturing the drivers and consequences of early job insecurity.

Overall, stage 1 prepares the ground for the implementation of a set of complementary empirical research tasks, which together approach, at both the micro- and macro-level, the causes and consequences of early job insecurity and youth unemployment from different conceptual and theoretical angles.

WP 1 Project Management
WP 2 Negotiating theory

Stage 2 represents the main stage of the project. This is where data will be collected and interpreted according to thematically linked but analytically separable questions and foci. The project will rely on a combination of primary and secondary data.

WP 3 Mapping insecurity
WP 4 Negotiating Well-being
WP 5 Negotiating transition
WP 6 Negotiating scarring
WP 7 Negotiating employers

Stage 3, the final project stage, has as its main objective the synthesis of findings across the thematic work packages (WP3-8). The goal is to revisit the overarching questions posed at the start of the project (WP2) and assess policy with the aim of developing policy recommendations (WP8), which build on the new comparative insights gained through the data analyses.

The formulation of policy recommendations will take place in close cooperation with stakeholder representatives, who are included in the development of the project from its outset, to maximise impact. By involving stakeholders as well as young people themselves in this process, we make sure that we address the questions that are most relevant to the policy community in each country and at an EU level.

WP 8 Policy assessment
WP 9 Impact

Will the scars of unemployment ever heal?