Join us for an open forum to discuss the key findings of CITISPYCE: a major European research project into young people, inequalities, and social innovation, coordinated by Aston University and involving seven universities, three major cities, and three NGOs in ten EU countries.
The report on CITISPYCE, recently published by Aston University, shows that whilst some young people in European cities have found ways to survive - and even overcome - their own and others’ inequalities, many others still face a bleak future in austerity Europe and feel increasingly demoralised and disconnected from decision-makers.
So, how can we make our cities places where young people are able to tackle their inequalities, realise their own and others’ potential, and no longer feel excluded and undervalued?
Join us to listen, question, and discuss the research. We will then work together to see how we might make use of these research findings and recommendations in our city region. Share your views and experiences on the challenges and opportunities of being young in today’s Birmingham.
Please register to attend this free event: Follow the "Book Now" link above.
Light refreshments will be available before we begin at 18:30. If you have any questions, please contact Rich Pickford: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Location: G8 Main Building Aston University - Aston Express Way, Birmingham, B4 7ET.
The global economic crisis of 2008 had a disproportionately adverse impact upon young people across Europe’s cities. Not only have they experienced excessively high rates of unemployment but they continue to confront increasing challenges to gaining access to welfare benefits and quality education. When linked to other indicators of deprivation, it is clear that young people in the 16 to 25 age group are still amongst the hardest hit, and currently face more social and economic inequalities than any other group in society. Nowhere is this more apparent than in Europe’s major cities, where severe economic pressures combined with significant shifts in their demographic make-up are leading to increased social, economic, and spatial segregation.
The CITISPYCE project, coordinated by Aston University between January 2013 and February 2016, investigated the changing nature of inequalities facing young people in Europe’s cities following the global economic crisis and the potential of innovative social practices by and for young people to combat them. During the course of the project, they mapped a wide range of causes and manifestations of inequality in cities across Europe. They also found, via more than 600 interviews with policy makers, practitioners, and young people, evidence of innovative social practices initiated by young people themselves, as well as by institutions and third sector organisations. Finally, by testing the transferability and scaling up of a number of examples of such practices in a piloting phase, they have identified aspects of social innovations which have the potential to address not only symptoms but some of the underlying causes of inequality.
Download the Summary Report and Strategic Recommendations using these links.
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