Professor for education, social pedagogy and youth welfare at the Goethe University of Frankfurt. Director of the research centre Coping and Education in the Life Course.
I have started reflecting on participation in the context of research on young people’s motivational careers in their transitions from school to work. Possibilities of participation in education or training revealed to be a decisive factor in this respect.
We have taken up the topic up in the project «Youth – actor of social change» in which secondary analysis of research on participation in a comparative perspective lead to the insight that a broa-der concept of participation is needed.
Further, I have coordinated a series of international research projects on youth transitions in Eu-rope. We developed the model of youth transition regimes as a way of clustering different societal contexts of young people’s transitions to adulthood for comparative analysis.
Cuconato, M. & Walther, A. (eds.) (2015): Doing transitions in education. International Journal for Qualitative Studies in Education. Special issue, Vol.
Walther, A. (2015): Support across Life Course Regimes. A comparative model of social work as constructions of social problems, needs, and rights, in: Journal for Social Work (in press).
Loncle, P., Cuconato, M., Muniglia, V. & Walther, A. (eds.) (2012): Youth Participation in Europe. Beyond Discourses, Practices and Realities. Bristol: Policy Press.
Walther, A. (2006): Regimes of Youth Transitions. Choice, flexibility and security in young peo-ple’s experiences across different European contexts, in: YOUNG, Vol. 14, No. 2, pp. 119-141.
Walther, A., Bois-Reymond, M. du & Biggart, A. (eds.) (2006): Participation in transition? Motiva-tion of young adults in Europe for learning and working. Frankfurt: Peter Lang.
Youth Policy and Participation. Motivation and informal learning of young people in their transi-tions to the labour market (YOYO ; 5th Framework Programme; 2001-2004; coordinator).
Youth – Actor of Social Change (UP2YOUTH; 6th Framework Programme; 2006-2009; coordinator)
Governance of Educational Trajectories in Europe. Access, Coping and relevance of education for young people in European knowledge societies (GOETE, 7th Framework Programme, 2010-2013, coordinator)