CROC – Converting Resources and Opportunities into capabilities: A Multidimensional and Interdisciplinary Approach to Evaluating the Impact of Public and Private Actions on Youth Poverty

Status: Projektvorhaben nicht gefördert/nicht zustandegekommen

Vorgesehene Laufzeit: 2 Jahre

Projektleiter: Dr. Tarek El Sehity

Individual economic poverty and its collective consequences such as social exclusion, although existing since ever, are today assuming characteristics that are more typical of the current time. Firstly, poverty, or the risk to become “poor” – or vulnerable, as some prefer to say – has become more a cross-class, and therefore a more common, phenomenon than in the past, when the risk of falling into poverty existed was really serious almost exclusively for the lower echelons of the society. While the risks have not diminished for people with fewer economic resources , they have rapidly and dramatically increased also for individuals, like middle class women and men, who were not massively affected before. Today, even households of the middle class may qualify for poverty due to a series of rapid dramatic changes in the social, economic, and cultural European contexts. The increasing contractual instability of employment positions (even more acute in time of economic downturn) exposes to the risk of unemployment (the major cause of poverty in Europe today) various several social and professional categories. But also the diffusion of low paid jobs in the service or retail sectors increases the probability and diffusion of povertycontributes to making poverty more probable and diffused. Also private factors such as Increasinglythe breakup of families elevate the risk of poverty , family breakdown is another factor of risk as the split couples, especially were mothers/women are left with the difficulties of those with children and especially mothers/women, have difficulties in maintaining a good standard of living with a single income instead of two (or with half an income as in many cases married women with children are those paying the highest price to a “male bread winner” model of labor market and welfare regimes). Migration and the problems related to difficult paths of integration are other factors another factor that may eventually lead to or maintain a state of povertyconduce to poverty. In fact, in all European countries, even in those with the more inclusive Nordic welfare systems, the risk of poverty measured in terms of education failures or perturbed employment careers is constantly greater among migrants or ethnic minorities than among native populations.

List of participants:

1 (Coordinator) Université de Genève (UNIGE) Switzerland
2 Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU)United Kingdom
3 Universität Siegen (USIEGEN) Germany
4 Fondation Nationale des Sciences Politiques (Sciences Po) France
5 Università Commerciale Luigi Bocconi (BOC) Italy
6 Masarykova Univerzita (MU) Czech Republic
7 Kozep-europai Egyetem (CEU CPS) Hungary
8 Sigmund Freud Privatuniversität Wien (SFU) Austria
9 Uniwersytet Warszawski (UWAR) Poland
10 Instituto Superior de Ciências Sociais e Políticas (ISCSP) Portugal
11 Stiftelsen Handelshøyskolen BI (BI) Norway
12 Michel Bauer Consultants (MBC) France