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Growing Inequality and Social Innovation: Alternative Knowledge and Practice in Overcoming Social Exclusion in Europe

Objective

The Co-Ordination Action KATARSIS aims to build a platform on which research teams specialised in the study of the consequences of growing inequality and social exclusion will exchange their knowledge and work towards a better integration of their research programmes and methodologies.

The focus is on a unique type of response to growing exclusion, namely the creative and socially innovative strategies by which people react to conditions of exclusion, both at the individual and collective level. People in situations of need activate and (re) produce particular types of knowledge and combine resources in novel ways. The strategies they develop in response to exclusion often exhibit marked differences in the ways in which mainstream society's knowledge and practices are mobilised and deployed, and frequently trigger processes of social innovation that open up fresh venues for policy design and implementation.

KATARSIS' Coordination Activities include:
(i) Surveying the literature in five existential fields (Labour Market and Social Economy; Education and Training; Housing and Neighbourhood; Health and Environment; Governance and Democracy);
(ii) Three Integration Exercises meant to improve the integration among scientific and methodological perspectives in the analysis of socially innovative initiatives. These Exercises are organised around 3 themes: Bottom-up Creativity; Governance and Social Innovation;
(iii) The development of a research methodology to study the organization and agency of socially innovative initiatives. This methodology will include theoretical integration, design of research methods as well as modes of integration and coordination of research programmes in this field;
(iv) A multi-dimensional dissemination and user group strategy, involving practitioners and policy makers in the field of social inclusion, empowerment and participation. Customized publications (including on website) will support this strategy.

Call for proposal

FP6-2004-CITIZENS-5
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Funding Scheme

CA - Coordination action

Coordinator

UNIVERSITY OF NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE
Address
6 Kensington Terrace
Newcastle Upon Tyne
United Kingdom

Participants (18)

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI MILANO - BICOCCA
Italy
Address
Piazza Dell'ateneo Nuovo 1
Milano
UNIVERSITY OF THE WEST OF ENGLAND, BRISTOL
United Kingdom
Address
Frenchay Campus, Coldharbour Lane
Bristol
HUMBOLDT UNIVERSITAET ZU BERLIN
Germany
Address
Unter Den Linden 6
Berlin
VIENNA UNIVERSITY OF ECONOMICS AND BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION
Austria
Address
Augasse 2-6
Vienna
UNIVERSITAT DE BARCELONA
Spain
Address
Gran Via De Les Corts Catalanes 585 (Vicerectorat De Politica Internacional; Oper)
Barcelona
STICHTING DR. HILDA VERWEY-JONKER INSTITUUT
Netherlands
Address
Kromme Nieuwegracht 4-6
Utrecht
MASARYKOVA UNIVERZITA V BRNO -
Czechia
Address
Zerotinovo Namesti 8
Brno
NATIONAL TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY OF ATHENS
Greece
Address
Iroon Polytechniou 9
Athens
UNIVERSITY OF WALES INSTITUTE CARDIFF
United Kingdom
Address
Llandaff Campus Western Avenue
Cardiff
UNIVERSITE CATHOLIQUE DE LOUVAIN
Belgium
Address
Place De L'universite, 1
Louvain-la-neuve
UNIVERSITEIT GENT
Belgium
Address
Sint Pietersnieuwstraat 25
Gent
ABATON S.R.L.
Italy
Address
Via Del Monte Della Farina 19
Roma
CORVINUS UNIVERSITY OF BUDAPEST
Hungary
Address
Fovam Ter 8
Budapest
ROSKILDE UNIVERSITY
Denmark
Address
Universitetsvej 1
Roskilde
CENTRE DE RECHERCHE ET D'INFORMATION SUR LA DEMOCRATIE ET L'AUTONOMIE
France
Address
2 Passage Flourens
Paris
CNRS - DÉLÉGATION NORD PAS DE CALAIS PICARDIE
France
Address
2 Rue Des Canonniers
Lille
FUNDAÇÃO DA UNIVERSIDADE DE LISBOA
Portugal
Address
Faculdade De Letras, Cidade Da Universidade
Lisboa
UNIVERSITÉ DU QUÉBEC À MONTRÉAL
Canada
Address
1430, Rue Saint-denis
Montreal, Qc.