Work packages


The aim of WP2 is to provide the needed theoretical framework for understanding and assessing inequality in the EU among disadvantaged young people from the perspective of the Capability Approach. It also provides the theoretical background for the investigation of social innovation practices. This forms the theoretical basis for the other WPs in the SocIEtY project.

The outcome of WP2 consists of the development of more coherent and holistic conceptual definitions of inequality and disadvantage that allows for addressing inequality in a multidimensional way.

Another important outcome is the theoretical development of the concepts of social innovation and participation from the perspective of the Capability Approach.


Based on the conceptual framework developed in WP2, the overall aim of this work package is to analyse the socio-political context within which realistic decisions are made.

This has been achieved by providing an evaluation of current policy making in relation to disadvantaged youth by:

> mapping current policy processes and social support measures across partner countries; and by

> providing a capability orientated statistical analysis of measures of inequality in each country.

SocIEtY analysed existing youth policy and activities as well as informational bases against inequalities, using a combination of policy and documentary analysis, as well as stakeholder interviews and statistical analysis. In terms of statistics, a limited longitudinal data analysis for every partner will be carried out by combining EU-SILC data with contextual variables.


Firstly, it investigates social practices and mechanisms that are at work in social support networks of young people living in selected city districts in all participating countries which are characterised by higher concentrations of so called social problems (as an indicator for the presence of social inequalities), inhabitants with diverse social backgrounds and positions within the social world.

Secondly, WP4 focuses on the young people in these city districts and their aspirations, wants, experiences etc. This part includes mainly problem-centred interviews, group discussions and focus groups with young people. It aims to find out what the young people themselves regard as important for their lives, which life plans they follow, how far their values and aspirations meet the expectations of their social support networks etc.

The third part of WP4 is directed towards the development of an experimental participatory research methodology for social innovation that will be applied in WP5. In this part, the findings of the two empirical parts of WP4 will be intertwined and analysed in the light of the results of the policy analyses of WP3 based on the conceptual framework developed in WP2.


WP 5 will be the core empirical research package. It shall build upon and deploy the theoretical, conceptual and empirical work done so far in regional case studies.
In WP5, SocIEtY brings together relevant stakeholders from the young people’s social support networks and in the city districts. It will be a learning tool for young people, civil society, third sector actors and policymakers.  Case studies will be compared through the common methodology developed in WP4.

The results will be used to generate new hypotheses and hence broaden the informational basis of the statistical analysis through the respective indicators and their potential relevance for the outcomes of the young people’s transitional phase, will be verified and documented.

This will enable policies to be developed from a broader and more realistic basis.

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