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CITISPYCE - Combating inequalities through innovative social practices of, and for, young people in cities across Europe


This project builds on research that shows the disproportionate impact of the economic crisis on young people across Europe, including excessively high rates of youth unemployment and threats to the social provision enjoyed by previous generations. This is compounded by the 'coming of age' of the descendants of recent migrant communities - who now form significant proportions of the young population in major European cities. They are Europeans in language, social habit and cultural repertoire, yet continue to face longstanding barriers as a result of membership of communities already marginalised from mainstream labour markets and wider civic life. The project brings together stakeholders from civil society experienced in practical policy-making and implementation with well-established academic researchers to:

  1. Map the changing demographic landscape of inequalities as seen in major cities in the EU today and the specific challenges facing young people disadvantaged by ethnic origin, cultural background, neighbourhood, family and educational and economic situation;
  2. Review approaches of different levels of government to engaging with disadvantaged youth and addressing inequality concerning young people, including state approaches and 3rd sector actions for promoting economic activity and entry into the labour market and ensuring effective distribution of services and community-led initiatives to enhance economic chances and participation in civic life;
  3. Uncover innovative strategies for navigating, surviving and overcoming inequalities that have emerged, and are emerging, among young people (16-24) in deprived parts of large cities through ethnographical research with young people themselves;
  4. Examine the extent to which these strategies might be regarded as socially innovative, explore through a series of pilot projects how such strategies might be transferable across Europe and use the findings for reshaping policies at EU, national and local levels.

Proposal: 320359
Funding scheme: Collaborative project (small or medium-scale focused research project)
Activity Activity 2 - Combining economic, social and environmental objectives in a European perspective: paths towards sustainable development
Research area: Socioeconomic development trajectories
Topic: Social innovation against inequalities
Estimated EC contribution: €2.496.684
Starting date: 01.01.2013
Duration: 36 months
Title: Combating inequalities through innovative social practices of, and for, young people in cities across Europe
Keywords: -
Web site: -
Coordinator: Aston University
Birmingham, United Kingdom
Partners' List:
  • Universitat de Barcelona
    Olga JUBANY
    Barcelona, Spain
  • Hochschule Fuer Angewandte Wissenschaften
    Simon GUENTNER
    Hamburg, Germany
  • Malmoe University
    Malmö, Sweden
  • Malmo Stad
    Malmö, Sweden
  • Masarykova Univerzita
    Tomáš SIROVÁTK
    Brno, Czech Republic
  • Uniwersytet Ekonomiczny w Krakowie
    Stanislaw MAZUR
    Crakow, Poland
  • Urzad Miasta Krakowa
    Janusz GRABIASZ
    Crakow, Poland
  • Birmingham City Council
    Jennifer CRISP
    Birmingham, United Kingdom
  • Stichting+Confidence
    Henk SPIES
    Rotterdam, The Netherlands
  • International Center for Minority Studies and Intercultural Relations
    Maya KOSSEVA
    Sofia, Bulgaria
  • Kentro Merimnas Oikogeneias Kai Paidiou
    Antonia TORRENS
    Athens, Greece
  • Universita Ca' Foscari Venezia
    Fabio PEROCCO
    Venice, Italy
EC Scientific Officer: DG RTD.B
Contact: Heiko PRANGE-GSTÖHL