Dr Maria Grasso has been awarded a €620,000 European Horizon 2020 Grant for a three-year research project on youth political participation and inequalities

Dr Grasso will work as part of a European consortium of researchers from nine European countries led by Professor Marco Giugni (University of Geneva) (total funding €2,595,720). The project began on 1 February 2017 and will end on 31 January 2020.

The University of Sheffield team on EURYKA is responsible for the cross-national panel survey work-package and is made up of Principal Investigator Dr Maria Grasso (Senior Lecturer in Politics and Quantitative Methods) and Ms Katherine Smith (PhD Researcher at the Department of Politics) assisting with the research.

Dr Grasso said of the project:
"We are delighted to have been awarded this Horizon 2020 grant and are looking forward to collaborating with our partners in the consortium on this important research on youth political participation and inequalities planned in the context of EURYKA."

EURYKA (Reinventing Democracy in Europe: Youth Doing Politics in Times of Increasing Inequalities) is funded by the European Commission under the Horizon 2020 scheme and involves researchers from nine European countries France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Poland, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom.

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Project summary: Dr Grasso is Principal Investigator for the cross-national panel survey work-package on a new Horizon 2020 collaborative project on youth political participation and inequalities:

Awarding Body: European Commission Horizon 2020 Call H2020-SC6-REV-INEQUAL-2016-2017
People Involved: Maria Grasso, Katherine Smith and partners from other European institutions in a consortium led by Marco Giugni (University of Geneva)
Title of Research: Reinventing Democracy in Europe: Youth Doing Politics in Times of Increasing Inequalities (EURYKA)
Amount: €621,870 Dr Grasso (€2,595,720 for the whole consortium)
Duration: 36 months from 1 February 2017

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Abstract: EURYKA aims to study the relations between inequalities and young people's ways of doing politics and to advance scenarios for future democratic models and political systems in Europe that are more inclusive for young people. To achieve this, it will: (1) provide systematic evidence on the mechanisms for coping with inequalities which are embedded in young people's ways of doing politics; these coping mechanisms are manifested in multiple forms, for example, as either political (dis)engagement and contestation online and offline or as (trans-)national democratic innovation and experimentation; (2) generate knowledge on young people's values, attitudes, and behaviors related to democracy, power, politics, policymaking, social and political participation (online and offline) and the organization of economic, social and private life in order to identify ways to strengthen youth political participation and engagement with democratic life in Europe; (3) suggest a set of future scenarios for the development of democracy and political participation in Europe, placing particular emphasis on empowering young people especially those with fewer opportunities. The research design consists of a multidimensional theoretical framework that combines macro-level (institutional), meso-level (organizational), and micro-level (individual) explanatory factors, and an integrated methodological approach based on multiple sources and methods (policy analysis, claims-making analysis, organizational survey, panel survey, survey experiments, biographical interviews, and social media analysis).