Promoting Youth Involvement and Social Engagement (PROMISE 2016–2019)

Promoting Youth Involvement and Social Engagement (PROMISE) is an EU funded research project which aims to explore young people’s role in shaping society; past, present and future. The project brings together twelve collaborating centres in Estonia, Finland, Germany, Italy, Portugal, Slovakia, Spain, the Russian Federation, Croatia and the UK. The project is coordinated by the University of Manchester.

Young people are often at the forefront of social, cultural and political change, often driven by their energy and creativity, but also by their frustration at the challenges they face. PROMISE aims to investigate young people’s responses to these challenges, and seeks ways to transform this into positive social achievement. Through an understanding of the experiences, values and attitudes of European youth PROMISE will get to the heart of barriers and opportunities for social engagement.

PROMISE focuses specifically on young people ‘in conflict’ with authority, and usually, therefore, in conflict with social norms. We contend that these ‘conflicted youth’ are seen to be the most problematic in terms of positive social engagement, often triggering negative and punitive responses from authority, in turn furthering marginalisation and stigmatisation. The negative effects of stigma and marginalisation reduce opportunities for young people to engage positively in social action, and as a result, much of the creativity, innovation and energy within these groups is directed away from positive social change. PROMISE believes that conflicted youth present significant opportunities for change and should therefore be the prime focus of policy makers and practitioners. The Finnish substudy consists of two case studies. Post doctoral researcher Heta Mulari focuses on urban youth activism through her ethnographic study on young circus activists. Post doctoral researcher Marja Peltola's case study focuses on young mothers with multicultural background.

This project is funded under the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme, Grant Agreement no. 693221. It will run for three years from May 2016 to April 2019. For further information, see the University of Manchester wesite.



Researchers

Kaisa Vehkalahti

Kaisa Vehkalahti

Research Manager

PhD, Adjunct Professor of Cultural and Social History

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Heta Mulari

Heta Mulari

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PhD

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Marja Peltola

Marja Peltola

Post-doctoral researcher

DSocSc

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Inka Sirén

Inka Sirén

Researcher

B.Soc.Sc., Social and public policy

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