Precarity has become a significant global phenomenon, also in Europe, where ever more people face lives in insecurity, move in and out jobs and have difficulties in planning in the long term. Especially, young people are affected: they are mostly working in atypical and insecure employment and the lack of opportunities and the uncertainties in everyday life make it increasingly difficult for them to meet the expectations of an independent adult life.
Within this Q-Team we will explore these new work conditions of young people. More specifically, we are going to investigate how youth working in particularly precarious service sectors in Berlin deal with insecurity and instability in their daily life and how it affects their housing situation as well as their social life.
In this way, students will be involved into the first steps of research on social inequality. Through group works and individual data collection students will learn how to develop research questions and conceive research designs on a topical subject such as work precarity. To do so, students will be trained in qualitative research methodology in order to conduct personal interviews with young people working in two of the most precarious labour fields of the city: gastronomy and the gig economy.