Friday 23 March 2012
9.30am - 4pm

The University of Greenwich, Business School are hosting a free workshop on Youth Worklessness.

The workshop will bring together academic and policy practitioners to shed light on the youth labour market dynamics. It will integrate different theoretical perspectives, new methodologies and policy maker experiences, specifically focusing on the development of new labour market interventions for young people.

While recent news reports have suggested that the rise in youth unemployment is a new issue, the trend of growing numbers of young people, often defined as NEET (not in education, employment or training), started in 2004, well before the current recession.

As traditional approaches to labour market development and economic behaviour patterns are challenged, the growing influence of a multitude of personal, social and economic factors needs to be analysed in further detail. Additionally, the increasing joblessness rate in several European countries raises doubts on the effectiveness of homogenous labour market interventions used in the past.

A more heterogeneous approach needs to be developed to effectively address contemporary labour market issues, with a major focus on how to motivate workless young people and educate them about current benefits on offer. A new cross-disciplinary research approach, capable of bringing together relevant contributions from the fields of sociology, economics and psychology, may help to develop the theoretical basis for the formulation of more flexible labour market policies for young  people without a job.

This workshop is sponsored by The International Confederation for the Advancement of Behavioral Economics and Economic Psychology, the Society for the Advancement of Behavioral Economics and the International Association for Research in Economic Psychology.

Key Note Speakers:

Nick Raynsford M.P.Greenwich and Woolwich will discuss the key issues from the political perspective. 

Ingrid Schoon, Institute of Education, University of London will present on her work on youth transitions focusing on youth labour market experiences


Jayne Deeley, Head of Policy and Programmes, Greenwich Council "Greenwich Council Approach to Youth Worklessness"

Emma Jarnell, Borough Partnership Manager, Job Centre Woolwich "Get Britain Working Measures"

Jonathan Wadsworth, Royal Holloway, University of London "The UK Youth Labour Market"

Ivana Pais, Catholic University of Sacred Heart, Italy "Youth and social capital: the role of online social networks"

Riccardo de Vita, University of Greenwich, "UK youth worklessness microdata: a multi-method empirical approach"


Friday 23 March 2012, from 9.30am to 4pm


Hosted in the Hamilton House, 15 Park Vista, Greenwich, London SE10 9LZ

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Workshop Presentations:

Deeley, J. Royal Borough of Greenwich

DeVita, R.Cagliesi, G. Hawkes, D. University of Greenwich

Jarnell, E. Department of Work and Pensions

Pais, I. Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore

Wadsworth, J. Royal Holloway College


This workshop is being hosted in Hamilton House, located a short walk from our Greenwich Campus, Old Royal Naval College. Hamilton House promotes excellent transport links from both Overground and DLR trains. 

Hamilton House is located opposite the Royal Greenwich Park. Greenwich Park will be host to Olympic and Paralympic Equestrian competitions in the London 2012 Olympic Games.

The Borough of Greenwich is steeped in history. East meets West on the Meridian Line, which divides the hemispheres and marks longitude zero. The line runs through the courtyard of the 17th century Royal Observatory and indicates the spot from which Greenwich Mean Time is calculated.

For further information contact:

Conferences and Executive Development team
Telephone: +44 (0) 20 8331 9083