POWER2YOUTH. A Comprehensive Approach to the Understanding of Youth Exclusion and the Prospects for Youth-led Change in the South and East Mediterranean
POWER2YOUTH is a consortium of research and academic institutions from different disciplines based in the EU member states, Norway, Switzerland and South East Mediterranean (SEM) countries formed to explore the dynamics of youth exclusion and the prospects for youth transformative agency in the SEM region. The project, funded under the European Union's 7th Framework Programme, will run for three years starting in March 2014.
POWER2YOUTH aims at offering a comprehensive multi-level, interdisciplinary and gender-sensitive approach to the understanding of youth in the SEM region with a cross-national comparative design (case studies of Morocco, Tunisia, Egypt, Lebanon, Occupied Palestinian Territories, and Turkey). In particular, it explores the root causes of youth exclusion at three different levels of analysis (macro, meso and micro), while also investigating the role of youth collective and individual agency in challenging different forms of power. To enlarge the comparative perspective, two experiences of socio-economic transformation in Europe (Poland and Italy) and beyond (the United States) are also examined.
The project applies an integrated innovative methodology, merging quantitative and qualitative tools, and is organized in nine Work Packages.
WP1 will prepare the conceptual and methodological framework that will inform the overall research project and research.
WP2 will analyse the MACRO institutional/policy factors of youth exclusion in the SEM country case studies.
WP3 will analyse the MESO organizational factors of youth exclusion and the prospects for youth collective transformative agency in the SEM country case studies.
WP4 will analyse the MICRO individual factors of youth exclusion and the prospects for youth individual transformative agency in the SEM country case studies.
WP5 will look at other experiences of socio-economic transformation in Europe (Poland and Italy) and in one extra-European case (the United States), with a view to assessing their applicability and relevance for the challenges facing the SEM region in relation to youth.
WP6 will offer a comprehensive multi-level, interdisciplinary and gender-sensitive concluding analysis of youth exclusion and of the prospects for youth-led change in the SEM region, combining the research outcomes of previous WPs.
WP7 will tackle the policy dimension of the project by proposing recommendations at the national and supranational levels that address the causes and problems of youth exclusion and create opportunities for youth empowerment.
WP8 will be responsible for dissemination, while WP9 will ensure coordination and management of the project.