Democracy and participation, Education

Generation Europe


Who is behind this?

Stefan Hampl

Sigmund Freud Private University


Who is joining forces?

Ruhr-University Bochum


Ukrainian Catholic University Lviv


Palacky University Olomouc


Further partners will be Otto-von-Guericke University Magdeburg (, Germany, Karl-Franzens-University Graz (, Austria, ...

Idea Sketch | Proposal


Idea pitch

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.

Where will your idea take place?

Bochum, Graz, Lviv, Magdeburg, Olomouc, Vienna …

Why does Europe need your idea?

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, ...).

What is your impact?

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.

How do you get there?

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.

What is your story?


Who are you doing it for?

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.

What makes your idea stand apart?

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).

€ 50000,-

Funding requested from Advocate Europe

€ 86417,-

Total budget

Major expenses

Travel and accommodation: 12.500 Public Relations: 5.000 Publications, translations and reporting: 5.000 Personnel costs: 23.000 Organisation: 4.500

What do you need from the Advocate Europe community?

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 ...)



Idea created on March 9, 2016
Last edit on Oct. 30, 2017

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