Constructing AcTive CitizensHip with European Youth: Policies, Practices, Challenges and Solutions.
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Start date

01-09-2015

Duration

36 months

Funding

2,498,787.00 EUR

Coordinator

Elvira Cicognani Department of Psychology, Alma Mater Studiorum University of Bologna

Constructing AcTive CitizensHip with European Youth


A major challenge for the EU is currently “bridging the gap” between young Europeans and EU Institutions, and improving dialogue, in order to enhance young people trust in EU Institutions and their active engagement in EU issues. Including young people perspectives is essential to ensuring the continuation of participatory and representative democracy.

Through the joint contribution of different disciplines (Psychology, Political Science, Sociology, Media and Communications, Education) CATCH-EyoU has the aim to identify the factors, located at different levels (psychological, developmental, macro social and contextual) influencing the different forms of youth active engagement in Europe.

Through different studies, qualitative, quantitative, and an active citizenship intervention in schools, the project will provide a multifaceted understanding of the different factors influencing the perspectives of young people on Europe and of the ways in which young people engage in society, offering policy makers new instruments and “conceptual lenses” to better understand this generation, how they approach public authorities and how they engage materially and symbolically in order to participate in the construction of the societies they inhabit and shape the governmental regimes under which they live.

This new understanding will help to bring the European Union closer to all its citizens, not only the young.


CATCH-EyoU has received funding from the European Union Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under Grant Agreement N. 649538

Department of Psychology
Department of Political and Social Sciences
Bologna, Italy

School of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences
Orebro, Sweden

FRIEDRICH-SCHILLER-UNIVERSITAT JENA
Institute of Psychology
Jena, Germany

NATIONAL AND KAPODISTRIAN UNIVERSITY OF ATHENS
Department of Psychology
Athens, Greece

UNIVERSIDADE DO PORTO
Faculdade de Psicologia e de Ciências da Educação
Porto, Portugal

MASARYK UNIVERSITY
Institute for Research on Children, Youth and Family

Brno, Czech Republic

LONDON SCHOOL OF ECONOMICS AND POLITICAL SCIENCE
Department of Media and Communications
London, UK

Institute of Social Studies
Tartu, Estonia

Rome, Italy

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