issue 4, year 2
Spotlight: dissemination & networking
The joint meeting CATCH-EyoU and PARTISPACE, Bologna
On occasion of the fifth consortium meeting of the H2020 project PARTISPACE (Spaces and Styles of Participation) in Bologna, we took the opportunity to organise a joint meeting between the two YOUNG5a projects to exchange information on our research findings and experiences.
With both projects already more than halfway through, the meeting allowed the researchers to examine similarities and differences in ideas and approaches adopted in addressing youth participation in Europe, as well as to update each others on advancements in the ongoing research.
CATCH-EyoU coordinator Elvira Cicognani and PARTISPACE coordinators Andreas Walther and Alex Pohl presented the aims and the structures of the projects, the achieved milestones, as well as the challenges encountered along the way and those still ahead. Consortium members Morena Cuconato, Siyka Kovacheva, Demet Lüküslü, Dominic Zimmerman and Barry Percy-Smith presented also results achieved in each work package of the PARTISPACE project so far. In both projects, efforts have been devoted to identifying key youth policy documents that were analyzed at national and European level, revealing similar (and normative) conceptions of youth participation and different representations of young people across countries.
While the case studies of CATCH-EyoU WP8 are currently underway, PARTISPACE members have recently concluded the extensive ethnographic work of their WP4 and could share with us first impressions from data analysis. We shared with pleasure the very similar considerations which lead both projects to include case studies and the definition of forms of engagement considered, as well as the challenges encountered in conducting in-depth research with time constraints.
We were able also to share the parallel experiences of conducting action-research with young people (PARTISPACE), and participatory interventions in schools (CATCH-EyoU). Although working with different approaches, we noticed analogous concerns on how to involve youth as agents of change.
In the following months, the next challenge for PARTISPACE is to use the country-level observations in a cross-country comparative and thematic analysis in order to develop a theoretical integration from understanding youth participation in European cities. On the other hand, CATCH-EyoU members will be working on the formidable task of integrating the findings of the different WPs into a larger theoretical model.
Overall, it was very stimulating to be able to exchange views and experiences with researchers of an akin H2020 project and see the similar challenges we address everyday in our quest to understand young people’s active engagement in Europe: a wonderful opportunity for networking that surely will continue during the next stages of both projects.
CATCH-EyoU has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme under Grant Agreement n. 649538