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Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: CSA-SA | Phase: SSH.2013.6.3-1 | Award Amount: 1.66M | Year: 2014

MYWeB takes a balanced approach to assessing the feasibility of a European Longitudinal Study for Children and Young People (ELSCYP) through prioritising both scientific and policy imperatives. Striking the appropriate balance between science and policy is guaranteed through the use of an evaluation/appraisal methodology which ensures that the outcomes will be methodologically robust, technically feasible and will represent value for money. A full scale pilot study in six countries means original empirical data on field experiences will provide direct evidence of the feasibility of an ELSCYP. Engagement with a wide range of stakeholders including policy-makers at a European, Member State and regional level ensures that the project outcomes take into account the broadest range of policy makers. Questions about the value added that a longitudinal survey can offer over a cross-sectional survey will, therefore, be fully informed by policy agendas. Children and Young People are integrated into the project plan to contribute to the operationalisation of notions of well-being as well as in understanding the best modes of conducting an ELSCYP. The MYWeB consortium contains researchers from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds and provides expertise in the areas of children and young peoples well-being, childhood care; education; the environment in which a child grows up, childhood/youth work and leisure and participation. In addition, all teams are experienced in undertaking questionnaire survey research. Each Delivery Partner and Collaborator in the consortium is part of the FP7 funded MYPLACE project and have direct experience of working with one another on a large and complex project and the requirements to deliver to contract. The consortium contains a team with international repute in the methodology of longitudinal surveys ensuring that the project outcomes are informed by cutting edge scientists working in this field of methodology.

Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP-IP | Phase: SSH-2010-5.1-1 | Award Amount: 9.97M | Year: 2011

MYPLACE explores how young peoples social participation is shaped by the shadows (past, present and future) of totalitarianism and populism in Europe. Conceptually, it goes beyond the comparison of discrete national political cultures or reified classifications of political heritage (postcommunist/liberal democratic); it is premised rather on the pan-European nature of a range of radical and populist political and philosophical traditions and the cyclical rather than novel nature of the popularity they currently enjoy. Empirically, MYPLACE employs a combination of survey, interview and ethnographic research instruments to provide new, pan- European data that not only measure levels of participation but capture the meanings young people attach to it. Analytically, through its specific focus on youth and the historical and cultural contextualization of young peoples social participation, MYPLACE replaces the routine, and often abstract, iteration of the reasons for young peoples disengagement from politics with an empirically rich mapping of young peoples understandings of the civic and political space that they inhabit. In policy terms, MYPLACE identifies the obstacles to, and facilitators of, young peoples reclamation of the European political arena as a place for them.

Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: CSA-CA | Phase: INCO-2007-1.1 | Award Amount: 3.50M | Year: 2008

The Western Balkan countries INCO-NET assists to develop the relationship between the EU and the WBCs in the area of science and technology (S&T). The project supports the Steering Platform on Research for the Western Balkan Countries in the facilitation of interaction between the Western Balkan countries, the EU Member States, states associated to the Framework Programmes for RTD and the European Commission. The Steering Platform is a strategic body designed to deal with European, multilateral and regional issues of science and technology policies in and with the WBCs. The core objectives of WBC-INCO.NET are: - to support the regional as well as bi-regional dialogue on science and technology (S&T) by benefiting from and interacting with the Steering Platform on Research for the WBC, the European Commission as well as other stakeholders and projects in the area, - to identify regional and bi-regional RTD potentials and priorities for take-up in regional and European programmes in a transparent and methodologically sound way, - to enhance participation of researchers from the region in European projects of mutual interest and benefit by implementing capacity building measures on a structural and individual level and by accompanying networking activities, - to increase visibility of WBC researchers in the European Research Area in thematic priorities and through the representation at EU-level conferences, - to analyse and support the innovation systems, innovation needs and innovation infrastructures in the region, and - to analyse cooperation national and international research infrastructures, patterns of WBC in regional and European funding programmes and related barriers to cooperation, and - to provide a platform to exchange information among stakeholders in the region via a web-platform, regular newsletters, journals and social media. The preparation of evidence-based input and decision-making basics for the deliberations conducted under the bi-regional and regional dialogue is a major asset of this project. The 29 partners, ministries of science, RTDI and economy, respective agencies and research institutes from Western Balkan Countries as well as EU Member States and Associated Countries, carry out surveys and studies, organise trainings and brokerage events, visit conferences in the region and the EU Member States, communicate with international stakeholders and officials, prepare policy papers and guidelines, and implement dissemination activities towards national and international stakeholders in order to enhance the impact of project activities targeting the European Commission, ERA-NETs or NCP projects as well as strategic initiatives by international stakeholders such as EUREKA, the Central European Initiative and the EU Strategy for the Danube Region. European integration and harmonisation of approaches are main aims behind WBC-INCO.NET.

Agency: European Commission | Branch: H2020 | Program: RIA | Phase: YOUNG-4-2015 | Award Amount: 2.72M | Year: 2016

The challenges faced by young people across Europe have been the focus of public, political and academic debates at local, national and international levels. Young people face tough choices in key areas of social life that affect their participation in society, and their potential marginalisation from it: from structural issues of unemployment, lack of access to affordable housing and debt problems, to information overload on big questions like the environment, identity, faith and radicalisation, and negotiating the moral challenges of illegal markets and an increasingly sexualised social-media generation. While there are wide variations in opportunities and challenges between and within countries, young people today face tough choices in negotiating this moral maze. The PROMISE project will investigate how young peoples, often negative, responses to these problems create conflict, and how, instead, their responses can provide opportunities for positive social engagement. By addressing the experiences, values and attitudes of European youth seen to be in conflict with older generations, authorities and social norms PROMISE will get to the heart of barriers and opportunities for social engagement. We will employ a four pronged methodology to gather and analyse data (primary and secondary) on a cross-national level, alongside comparative ethnographic case study data that uniquely addresses the experiences of conflicted youth within the context and social history of each country. Each case study will address a site of conflict and stigmatisation as a (potential) site of innovation or social change. Throughout the process, we will involve young people across Europe in setting the agenda, in documenting their situation and in articulating their needs. PROMISE will produce a comparative ethnography of young people in 10 European countries, a comparative quantitative analysis of attitudes, values and control, and policy papers and positive engagement strategies. For better communication the next acronyms are used in the proposal: UNIMAN (P1), IPRS (P2), CJD (P3), UAB (P4), UCP (P5), UMB (P6), FYRN (P7),UTARTU (P8), CYC (P9), IPI (P10), YES (P11), GESIS (P11)

Lupis V.B.,Institute drustvenih znanosti Ivo Pilar
Nase More | Year: 2013

The recovery of the poem in Croatian language about the building of the sailing vessel "Pirro S" owned by the shipowner family Sbutega from Prčanj, Boka kotorska, has proved once again the tradition of Croatian popular literature. It is, first of all the tradition of composition of occasional verse on the occasion of some important events. The poem and the letter which are discussed in this paper is by all means composed by Nikola Ostojić (1803. - 1869.), one of the leader of national renaissance movement of the island of Korčula. The poem on the launching of the sailing vessel "Pirro S" is discussed from the point of view of the tradition of Croatian occasional verse of the 19th century. It is a valuable language monument of the continuity of Croatian written word at the turning point of Croatian national integration into Dalmatia, thus continuing the tradition of Dubrovnik literary circle.

One of the problems of Croatian culture is its cultural heritage that crossed the borders and its incorporation into the integrity of national heritage. Thus, it is very important to find and identify parts of heritage belonging to the Republic of Dubrovnik which is characterized by a distinctive state cult of Saint Blaise and is scattered in Europe and elsewhere, but is mostly present in Italy. There are numerous traces of Dubrovnik in Genoa, Aquileia, Montallegro, Cotignola, Ancona, and Barletta. The author tackles the issue of Dubrovnik heritage in Italy and publishes an unknown painting and relief of Saint Blaise from the Sant’Andrea church in Barletta which is in Croatian art history known for its portal carved by Simon from Dubrovnik in the 13th century. The paper describes the possibilities of making the aforementioned painting in Dubrovnik, but it also opens up the possibility of making it in the Apulia painting circle centred around the painter Donat Antonio D’Orlando (1562-1621) in the last quarter of the 16th century. Apart from this painting, Barletta guards one unknown wooden relief and one well-known painting from the church of Holy Sepulchre, both depicting Saint Blaise. The painting was originally part of a triptych nonexistent today. © 2014, University of Dubronvnik. All rights reserved.

Luhmann starts from the assumption that modern societies are functionally diff erentiated into individual systems, such as politics, economy, law, science, education, religion, etc. None of these functional sub-systems, which are equal, can represent the society as a whole or act in the name of that society (not even politics, which is supposed to lead the development of society). Based on these theoretical premises, we argue that society, as a communication system, is put (or puts itself) into danger because it does not respond to disasters in its environment as a whole but rather allows any one of these functional diff erentiated sub-systems to act on its behalf. This means that each individual sub-system react in their own specific way (economy from the cost/benefit perspective, politics from the perspective of the chances of winning or losing the elections, science from the perspective of new research, religion from the perspective of the world as God's creation, etc.). Therefore, if these diff erentiated sub-systems are unable to resolve accumulating ecological problems, we pose a very obvious question: Can modern societies truly overcome current ecological crisis caused by technological development? In other words, is ecology, as individual, functionally diff erentiated, social sub-system in itself, able to "communicate" the environmental crisis of modern society?

The main aim of this paper is to systematically examine important characteristics of the city in the post-industrial age, with particular focus on important economic characteristics of the modern city. Critical analysis of literature in the field of sociology and urban geography revealed the following processes as the most important characteristics of the post-industrial city, which are then further discussed in the paper: deindustrialization, tertiarization, economic polarization of population, increase in home manufactures and "sweatshops", increase in unofficial economy, gentrification and flexibilization of labor. Additionally, opposing viewpoints of the most prominent researchers, regarding the position and role of the modern city in the production of (socio-) economic progress will be presented. Will the role that the city had in the industrial age, as the most important "incubator" of knowledge and innovation, continue to be its most important characteristics in the post-industrial age? Is the city becoming more of a place in the age of developing information and communication technologies and less important as the space of the production of economic (and social) progress? Is the metropolitan region taking over the (central) role from the city as the source of economic progress? This paper discusses these and other issues surrounding this debate. The conclusion is that the place, i.e. the city still remains an important source of (socio-) economic progress and that possible domination of the metropolitan region over the (central) city will not necessarily result in coimplete disappearance of the city as we know it from the industrial age.

This paper analyzes the communication process in which individual urban symbols are formed and the ways in which their collective reception takes place. In this context, the paper examines how the symbols in the city of Vukovar have been formed at the level of imaginary characteristics, as well as the extent to which these symbols affect the formation of the mental maps of the citizens. The paper also looks at the attitudes towards the desirability of exposure of various historical periods and events in Vukovar's Municipal Museum. The research was conducted in Vukovar in 2012. The hypothesis that the education of respondents will not affect the evaluation of the features of the city or the desirability of certain facilities in the museum was confirmed. The second hypothesis was also confirmed - that the members of two main ethnic groups in Vukovar will value differently the symbols that reflect the importance of 20th century wars for the city's identity. However, the research did not confirm the hypothesis that age will not affect the evaluation of urban symbols.

The article investigates the main aspects of bioregionalism as an idea, social movement, the organization of social life and model of development, which contributes to the protection of the environment and integral sustainability. Bioregionalism is understood as a concept that refers to the complex environmental protection, guided by the type of development. Complete organization of bioregional community (society) - including economy, politics and social system - is arranged so as to satisfy the needs of its population by improving the quality of life, while at the same time trying not to pollute the environment or go beyond the capacity of its own territory. In conclusion, we attempted to answer the questions why is bioregionalism necessary in the context of contemporary civilization's ecological, economic and social crisis, how can it assist in gradually overcoming the crisis, and why is it relevant in the context of Croatian development.

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