PROMISE. Promoting youth involvement and social engagement


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European Commission – Programme Horizon 2020 – Grant Agreement number: 693221 — PROMISE — H2020-YOUNG-2014-2015/H2020-YOUNG-SOCIETY-2015

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Project description:

PROMISE. Promoting youth involvement and social engagement

Funded within the Horizon 2020 Framework, this is a project on “the young as a driver of social change”. The project will start in April 2016 with a duration of 3 years.

The challenges faced by young people across Europe have been the focus of public, political and academic debates at local, national and international levels. Young people face tough choices in key areas of social life that affect their participation in society, and their potential marginalisation from it: from structural issues of unemployment, lack of access to affordable housing and debt problems, to information overload on big questions like the environment, identity, faith and radicalisation, and negotiating the moral challenges of illegal markets and an increasingly sexualised social-media generation. While there are wide variations in opportunities and challenges between and within countries, young people today face tough choices in negotiating this moral maze. The PROMISE project will investigate how young people’s, often negative, responses to these problems create conflict, and how, instead, their responses can provide opportunities for positive social engagement. By addressing the experiences, values and attitudes of European youth seen to be in conflict with older generations, authorities and social norms PROMISE will get to the heart of barriers and opportunities for social engagement. We will employ a four pronged methodology to gather and analyse data (primary and secondary) on a cross-national level, alongside comparative ethnographic case study data that uniquely addresses the experiences of ‘conflicted’ youth within the context and social history of each country. Each case study will address a site of conflict and stigmatisation as a (potential) site of innovation or social change. Throughout the process, we will involve young people across Europe in setting the agenda, in documenting their situation and in articulating their needs.

PROMISE will produce a comparative ethnography of young people in 10 European countries, a comparative quantitative analysis of attitudes, values and control, and policy papers and positive engagement strategies.

People and partners

PROMISE involves teams of researchers from 12 different organisations across Europe.

The project is being coordinated at The University of Manchester.

European partners

The organisations taking part in the PROMISE project are based in:

PROMISE youth people

  • The UK (Coordinator)
  • Croatia
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • Germany
  • Italy
  • Portugal
  • Russia
  • Spain
  • Slovakia



Project Meetings

    • Kick-Off Meeting, University of Manchester (UK) – 13/15 June 2016:
      to present the project and clarify objectives, mothods and concepts.
    • 2° Consortium Meeting, IPRS, Rome (IT) – 22/24 February 2017:
      review of actions from the kick-off meeting, overview of progress to date, qual/qualnts synergy, methnography data anda analysis.
    • National Polycy and Practice Network (NPPN) Meeting, IPRS, Rome (IT) – 27 April 2017:
      expert table meeting “Youth anda social change” creating “National Network for Practices and Policies” (NPPN).
    • 3° Consortium Meeting, Ivo Pilar Institute, Zagreb, (HR) – 28/29 September 2017: “An insight on fieldwork and case studies analysis
    • PROMISE Final Conference, University of Manchester (UK) – 8/9 April 2019




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