Maria GrassoDr Maria Grasso Awarded European Commission Seventh Framework Programme Grant for Three-Year Project on How European Citizens Deal with Economic Crises

Dr Maria Grasso has been awarded a €220,700 European Commission Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) Grant for a three-year research project on how European citizens deal with economic crises.

The project began on 1 December 2013 and will end on 30 November 2016, and will employ a Research Assistant to work with Dr Grasso on the project.

The FP7 grant will allow Dr Grasso to work as part of a European consortium of principal investigators and research assistants from nine European countries led by Professor Marco Giugni, University of Geneva (total funding €2,499,366). The aim of the project is to investigate and understand citizens’ reactions to economic crises and their social and political consequences.

Awarding Body: European Commission Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) on Citizens’ Resilience in Times of Crisis
People Involved: Maria Grasso and partners from other European institutions in a consortium led by Marco Giugni (University of Geneva)
Title of Research: Living with Hard Times: How European Citizens Deal with Economic Crises and Their Social and Political Consequences (LIVEWHAT)
Amount: €220,700 Dr. Grasso (€2,499,366 for the whole consortium)
Duration: 36 months from 1 December, 2013.

Website: http://www.livewhat.unige.ch

Abstract: The proposed research deals with citizens’ reactions to economic crises and their social and political consequences. It examines in particular the ways in which European citizens have reacted to the crisis that, at different degree of intensity in different countries, struck Europe since 2008, but also how they deal with economic crises and their consequences more generally. We examine both individual and collective responses by citizens, both the “private” and the “public” dimensions of such responses, and both political and non-political responses. In addition, while the focus of the research is on citizens’ responses, we also examine policy responses so as to have a baseline for assessing citizens’ reactions to crises. The project has three main objectives: (1) to provide systematic evidence of the ways in which European citizens react to economic crises and their social and political consequences, both individually and collectively; (2) to advance knowledge on the connections between individual factors, contextual factors, and the ways in which European citizens react to economic crises and their social and political consequences; and (3) to suggest a number of good practices as to how to deal with economic crises, both at the social and political level, through which their negative consequences on European citizens can be avoided or limited. The project’s objectives are addressed by means of six main types of data and methods: (1) the creation of a cross-national comparative dataset on economic, social, and political indicators; (2) an analysis of policy responses to crises; (3) an analysis of collective responses to crises in the public domain; (4) an analysis of individual responses to crises by private citizens; (5) experiments designed to assess causal effects of different dimensions of crises on citizens’ attitudes and behaviors; and (6) an analysis of alternative forms of resilience in times of crisis.