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Making Capabilities Work

Objective

“Making Capabilities Work” (WorkAble) will scrutinise strategies to enhance the social sustainability and economic competitiveness of Europe by strengthening the capabilities of young people to actively shape their personal and work lives in knowledge societies and cope with today's economic, cultural, demographic and technological challenges. Bridging quantitative and qualitative methods, WorkAble will assess the potential of innovative European strategies for dealing with local labour-market demands and regional inequalities. Adopting a comparative and interdisciplinary approach, it will systematically analyse whether and how young people are enabled to participate in working life and society. Applying the Capabilities Approach as a common heuristic framework, 12 partners from different disciplines (educational science, sociology, economics, philosophy, political studies and social work) in 10 European countries will collaborate closely in a multidimensional research process. WorkAble will survey whether and how the match between young people’s supply of skills and competencies and changing labour-market needs is sustained and secured, while simultaneously broadening their options for living in and actively shaping European knowledge societies. It will explore how educational strategies are implemented and assess whether they enable young people to convert knowledge, skills and competencies into capabilities to function as fully participating active citizens. This calls for a three-phase research design: 1) a comparative institutional mapping and analysis of vocational and labour-market policies in all educational regimes; 2) case studies to reconstruct the conceptions, aspirations and practices of local actors implementing educational and training programmes; and 3) quantitative secondary analyses of national and European longitudinal data revealing how effectively these strategies enhance economic performance and close the capability gap for young people.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/sociology/social problems/social work
  • /social sciences/economics and business/economics
  • /social sciences/economics and business
  • /social sciences/other social sciences/social sciences interdisciplinary/sustainable development
  • /social sciences/sociology
  • /humanities/philosophy, ethics and religion/philosophy

Call for proposal

FP7-SSH-2009-A
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Funding Scheme

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

Coordinator

UNIVERSITAET BIELEFELD
Address
Universitaetsstrasse 25
33615 Bielefeld
Germany
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 605 400
Administrative Contact
Iris Litty (Ms.)

Participants (12)

UNIWERSYTET IM. ADAMA MICKIEWICZA W POZNANIU
Poland
EU contribution
€ 77 400
Address
Ul. Henryka Wieniawskiego 1
61712 Poznan
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Marek Kwiek (Prof.)
UNIWERSYTET WARSZAWSKI
Poland
EU contribution
€ 57 652
Address
Krakowskie Przedmiescie 26/28
00 927 Warszawa
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Slawomir Mandes (Dr.)
UNIVERSITA' DEGLI STUDI DI MILANO-BICOCCA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 167 060
Address
Piazza Dell'ateneo Nuovo 1
20126 Milano
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Silvio Troisi (Mr.)
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI PAVIA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 116 390
Address
Strada Nuova 65
27100 Pavia
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Sofia Baggini (Dr.)
CENTRE D'ETUDES ET DE RECHERCHES SUR LES QUALIFICATIONS
France
EU contribution
€ 136 125
Address
Place De La Joliette 10
13567 Marseille
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Antoine Guyon (Mr.)
AARHUS UNIVERSITET
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 181 769
Address
Nordre Ringgade 1
8000 Aarhus C
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Sandra Marianne Bollwerk (Dr.)
Forschungs- und Beratungsstelle Arbeitswelt
Austria
EU contribution
€ 154 612
Address
Aspernbrueckengasse 4/5
1020 Wien
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Roland Atzmueller (Mr.)
HAUTE ECOLE SPECIALISEE DE SUISSE OCCIDENTALE
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 255 383
Address
Route De Moutier 14
2800 Delemont
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Myriam Jorio (Ms.)
EDINBURGH NAPIER UNIVERSITY
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 211 548
Address
Colinton Road 219
EH14 1DJ Edinburgh
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Jackie Mackenzie (Ms.)
UMEA UNIVERSITET
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 67 913
Address
Universitetomradet
901 87 Umea
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Mattias Strandh (Dr.)
BBJ CONSULT AG
Germany
EU contribution
€ 91 800
Address
Herzbergstrasse 83
10365 Berlin
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Ulrike Wisser (Ms.)
GOETEBORGS UNIVERSITET
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 141 737
Address
Vasaparken
405 30 Goeteborg
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Ludde Edgren (Dr.)