Combating inequalities through innovative social practices of, and for, young people in cities across Europe (FP7)

CITISPYCE is a 3 year collaborative project funded by the European Commission under the FP7 Research and Development programme for Social Sciences and Humanities (SSH). Coordinated by Aston University in Birmingham UK, CITISPYCE involves a total of 13 partner organisations from 10 countries across the EU. These include stakeholders from civil society experienced in policy-making and delivery and an interdisciplinary team of academic researchers. The project has been devised against the back drop of research which shows the disproportionate impact of the global economic crisis on young people across Europe, including excessively high rates of youth unemployment (particularly amongst those who face multiple social, economic and cultural disadvantages) and threats to the social provision enjoyed by previous generations.

CITISPYCE partners will work on a three year multidisciplinary, multi-sectoral programme to:

  • Examine the current state of the art concerning social innovation against inequalities faced by young people, particularly those disadvantaged by ethnic origin, cultural background, area of living, family and educational and economic situation.
  • Explore socially innovative practices being developed by and for young people in urban areas to improve their ability to participate in economic activity and to engage in civil society.
  • Test the transferability of local models of innovative practice in order to develop new policy approaches for the fostering of innovative social practices to enable young people to overcome multiple and changing inequalities in this new age of austerity across Europe.




This project has received funding from the European Union's Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement no. 320359.