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Faith-Based Organisations and Exclusion in European Cities

Objective

The research concerns the present role of FBOs in matters of poverty and other forms of social exclusion (such as homelessness or undocumented persons) in cities. We define FBOs as any organisation that refers directly or indirectly to religion or religious values, and functions as a welfare provider or as a political actor. The central assumption is that FBOs tend to fill the gap left after the supposed withdrawal of the welfare state in several domains of public life, particularly in social welfare and in social protection. At first sight, this looks like a return to the charity of former times, when such associations occupied the fore of social help in many countries. But we might as well witness the beginning of a new type of welfare regime with a stronger focus on local policies and strategies and new interplays between local authorities and civil society organisations. What is the position of FBOs in combating poverty and other forms of social distress cities? How has this role changed over time and how do these activities contribute to combating social exclusion and promoting social cohesion? What are the implications for policies and the governance of European cities? From both scientific and policy perspectives, there is a great need for better empirical and comparative data on what is going on in European cites in matters of poverty and exclusion policies and, in particular, the contribution of FBOs in the reduction (or deepening) of the problems. FBOs have direct entrance to the ‘poor side’ of cities because of (1) their activities in deprived urban neighbourhoods and among excluded groups and (2) as in the case of many FBOs with a non-western background, because their members often belong to these deprived and excluded groups themselves.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/political science/government systems/civil society
  • /social sciences/sociology/governance
  • /humanities/philosophy, ethics and religion/religion

Call for proposal

FP7-SSH-2007-1
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Funding Scheme

CP-FP - Small or medium-scale focused research project

Coordinator

UNIVERSITEIT ANTWERPEN
Address
Prinsstraat 13
2000 Antwerpen
Belgium
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 393 240
Administrative Contact
Jan Vranken (Prof.)

Participants (7)

RIJKSUNIVERSITEIT GRONINGEN
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 191 940
Address
Broerstraat 5
9712CP Groningen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Justin Beaumont (Dr.)
STICHTING DR HILDA VERWEY-JONKER INSTITUUT
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 171 540
Address
Kromme Nieuwegracht 6
3512HG Utrecht
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Trees Pels (Dr.)
UNIVERSITAET ZU KOELN
Germany
EU contribution
€ 144 900
Address
Albertus Magnus Platz
50931 Koeln
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Jürgen Friedrichs (Prof.)
THE UNIVERSITY OF EXETER
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 179 100
Address
The Queen's Drive Northcote House
EX4 4QJ Exeter
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Paul Cloke (Prof.)
MIDDLE EAST TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY
Turkey
EU contribution
€ 98 100
Address
Dumlupinar Bulvari 1
06800 Ankara
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Ayse Ayata (Prof.)
FUNDACIO CENTRE D'INICIATIVES I RECERQUES EUROPEES A LA MEDITERRANIA - CIREM
Spain
EU contribution
€ 115 740
Address
Travessera De Les Corts 39-43
08028 Barcelona
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Andres Walliser (Dr.)
OREBRO UNIVERSITY
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 201 420
Address
Fakultetsgatan 1
70182 Orebro
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Ingemar Elander (Prof.)