Sigmund Freud Private University
Ukrainian Catholic University Lviv
Palacky University Olomouc
Further partners will be Otto-von-Guericke University Magdeburg (http://www.ovgu.de), Germany, Karl-Franzens-University Graz (http://www.uni-graz.at), Austria, ...
Support young researchers from different places in Europe to jointly investigate their generation! In a uniquely participatory approach, students from diverse universities (Bochum, Graz, Lviv, Magdeburg, Olomouc, Vienna, …) will create a solid data basis for European and local decision makers. The project itself creates social cohesion in Europe as young people are enabled to experience life through the eyes of others and build personal bridges with colleagues from other places in Europe.
Bochum, Graz, Lviv, Magdeburg, Olomouc, Vienna …
Europe’s future relies on the next generation of citizens. Will those who are young today be able to tackle the challenges of European Integration and develop a European identity? Stakeholders put many hopes into this, but what do we actually know about young Europeans today? We would like to answer this question systematically and empirically, in order to create detailed information for decision makers on various levels (European, national, regional, municipal, ...).
At the end of our project we will be able to compare and differentiate the life situations of young people in at least six places in Europe (Bochum, Graz, Lviv, Magdeburg, Olomouc, Vienna, …). This will enable us to see which issues of young people are commonly shared across Europe and which issues are regional or local. Speaking the “local languages” of young people is a crucial prerequisite if you want European policy making to be “heard” across Europe.
Our research approach is innovative and participative. This means we are supporting the one’s concerned to conduct the research themselves, thus enabling young researchers to voice what is important to them. The general approach is to have young researchers from different disciplines and cities (Bochum, Graz, Lviv, Magdeburg, Olomouc, Vienna, ...) physically meet in these cities and investigate their generation there. They receive instructions on empirical methods (how to conduct interviews or group discussions, take documentary pictures) and on the public presentation of their findings. From city to city (i.e. from workshop to workshop) participants broaden their (and our) understanding of the diversity and communalities of young people living in Europe.
The main beneficiaries of the project will be political decision makers. They will receive sound empirical information on the life situations and issues (motivations, problems etc.) of young people across Europe. Society will benefit from the innovative potential set free by young people that are 1) better educated, 2) culturally sensitive, and 3) capable of jointly working together within international & interdisciplinary projects. The scientific community will profit from the research results.
A major strength of the project is the interdisciplinary and international approach to it. Scholars & students, psychologists & designers etc. from different cities/countries team up to investigate young people in Europe. Together they create a valuable data base for the development of European actions. Thus, they become a European resource themselves! The project is supported by a unique network of stakeholders (universities, policy makers, funding organisations and even private supporters).
Funding requested from Advocate Europe
Travel and accommodation: 12.500 Public Relations: 5.000 Publications, translations and reporting: 5.000 Personnel costs: 23.000 Organisation: 4.500
The project has been successfully piloted and is ready to grow beyond its initial stages. Therefore we are open for further contributers (universities, institutions, students ...)