About the project

Welcome to the EURYKA project Reinventing Democracy in Europe: Youth Doing Politics in Times of Increasing Inequalities.

EURYKA aims to study the relations between inequalities and young people’s ways of doing politics and to advance scenarios for future democratic models and political systems in Europe that are more inclusive for young people.

To achieve this, it will:

(1) provide systematic evidence on the mechanisms for coping with inequalities which are embedded in young people’s ways of doing politics; these coping mechanisms are manifested in multiple forms, for example, as either political (dis)engagement and contestation online and offline or as (trans-)national democratic innovation and experimentation

(2) generate knowledge on young people’s values, attitudes, and behaviours related to democracy, power, politics, policymaking, social and political participation (online and offline) and the organisation of economic, social and private life in order to identify ways to strengthen youth political participation and engagement with democratic life in Europe

(3) suggest a set of future scenarios for the development of democracy and political participation in Europe, placing particular emphasis on empowering young people especially those with fewer opportunities. The research design consists of a multidimensional theoretical framework that combines macro-level (institutional), meso-level (organisational), and micro-level (individual) explanatory factors, and an integrated methodological approach based on multiple sources and methods (policy analysis, claims-making analysis, organisational survey, panel survey, survey experiments, biographical interviews, and social media analysis).


  • Université de Genève (UNIGE) Switzerland, coordinator
  • University of Sheffield (USFD), UK
  • Scuola Normale Superiore (SNS), Italy
  • Uppsala Universitet (UU), Sweden
  • Universität Siegen (USIEGEN), Germany
  • Fondation Nationale des Sciences Politiques (Sciences Po), France
  • Panepistimio Kritis (UoC), Greece
  • Uniwersytet Warszawski (UNIWARSAW), Poland
  • Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC), Spain
  • European Alternatives Limited (EA), UK


Page of the project at CORDIS


Video of the presentation of the project