UP2YOUTH is an EU-funded research project concerned with the agency of young people in the context of social change. While their transitions to adulthood are structured by risk and uncertainty young men and women develop coping strategies which in turn affect social structures. This regards especially work, family and citizenship which are the key topics of UP2YOUTH. However, it depends on the scope of action that state policies provide them whether these strategies contribute both to social integration and for subjectively meaningful biographical perspectives.

The UP2YOUTH Internet Portal not only serves to document the structure, progress and results of the project, but also to provide the European youth research community a platform for information and networking.

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QUALITY is an innovative, quantitative and qualitative research project that aims to examine how, in an era of major change, European citizens living in different national welfare state regimes evaluates the quality of their lives. The project will analyse international-comparative data on the social well-being of citizens and collect new data on social quality in European workplaces in eight strategically selected partner countries: UK, Finland, Sweden, Germany, the Netherlands, Portugal, Hungary and a candidate country for EU enlargement, Bulgaria.

QUALITY is a Specific Targeted Research or Innovations Project Funded within the Sixth Framework Programme, Priority 7, Citizens and Governance in a Knowledge-Based Society of the European Commission.В 
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The Social Quality Instrument is a research-based online tool developed for European citizens to evaluate the social quality of their workplaces which was created on the basis of extensive survey data collected from eight European countries, in-depth qualitative case studies about organizational health, and other previous understanding on quality of work. It offers indicative information about several components of quality of work, such as job demands, autonomy, stress, flow and fairness of pay and shows how each respondent is located in relation to other European workers.
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The New Europe Centre for Regional Studies in Plovdiv is a private non-profit research institution, registered with the National Statistical Institute in Bulgaria. Its main activities are research and consultation in the field of social, political and economic change in the country and the region of South-East and Eastern Europe. The Centre has conducted quantitative and qualitative studies on the local, regional and European level and has provided expertise to national and European bodies in the field of social policy, business, economics, politics and statistics.

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The Centre has seven faculty members and relies on the co-operation with experts from different disciplines and institutions. Most closely the Centre is linked to the University of Plovdiv and the Institute of Sociology in the Academy of Sciences in Sofia. Our wide partnership allows careful selection of researchers to participate in the projects conducted by the Centre. The Centre has experience in extensive use of statistical data provided by the National Statistical Institute and European data agencies. It complements this information with empirical data produced by its own researchers. They have carried out countrywide surveys, research into local labour markets, as well as focus-group and in-depth-interviews and life-history approach. Researchers in the Centre have written monitoring reports and evaluations for the Ministry of Labour and Social Care, the Ministry of Education, The European Commission, The Council of Europe, The European Youth Forum. Members of the Centre have participated in Tempus/PHARE programme, the Fifth Framework Programme of the European Commission, the Open Society Research Support Scheme, the Social Science Research Council Fellowships, the MacArthur fellowship programme. The Centre organises scientific seminars and conferences using the Home of the Union of Bulgarian Scientists in the Old City of Plovdiv.

The New Europe Centre has specialised in research of a wide range of topics such as labour markets, unemployment, changing conditions of work, social stratification and inequality, poverty, political behaviour and civic culture. Its most important international projects are: Public Attitudes to Volunteering (Open Society Foundation), An Evaluation of Programmes to Assist the Young Unemployed in East-Central Europe (ACE Programme, European Commission), The Young Self Employed and Their Support Schemes in Post Communist Countries (Overseas Development Administration, UK), Households, Work and Flexibility (Fifth Framework Programme, European Commission) and Democratic Attitudes in Central and Eastern Europe (Research Support Scheme, Open Society Foundation).

The New Europe Centre has participated in 5th Framework programme projects and conducted a number of research studies with close cooperation with partners from different European countries:


Households, Work and FlexibilityВ - 2000-2003В 
Youth Policy and Participation2001-2004В 
Families and Transitions in Europe- 2001-2004В 
Transitions:Gender, Parenthood and the Changing European Workplace: young adults negotiating the work-family boundary 2002-2005В 
Thematic Study on Policy Measures Concerning Disadvantaged Youth, Directorate of Employment and Social Affairs- 2004-2005

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The New Europe Centre has participated in 6th Framework programme projects and conducted a number of research studies with close cooperation with partners from different European countries:

CINEFOGO:В Civil Society and New Forms of Governance in EuropeВ 
Quality:В Quality of Life in a Changing EuropeВ 
Up2Youth:В Youth - Actor of Social Change

Book front pages:

CINEFOGOCivil Society, Citizenship and Civic Participation in Bulgaria[enlarge]В (~730K)

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CINEFOGODemocratic Citizenship in Comparative Prospective[enlarge]В (~700K)

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CINEFOGOKeys to Youth participation in Eastern Europe[enlarge]В (~279K)

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CINEFOGOComparative Report on Institutional Context of Work and Quality of Life[enlarge]В (~739K)

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CINEFOGOYouth in Society[enlarge]В (~422K)

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CINEFOGOThe social situation of young people in Europe[enlarge]В (~566K)

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CINEFOGOThe social situation of young people in Europe[enlarge]В (~367K)

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CINEFOGOYouth unemployment in Bulgaria - comparative prospective (in Bulgarian)[enlarge]В (~364K)

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Name

Siyka Kovacheva

Affiliation

PhD in sociology from the University of Sofia, is a senior researcher at the New Europe Centre Plovdiv, Associate Professor in Sociology and Social Policy and Vice-Dean of the Faculty of Philosophy and History at the University of Plovdiv, Bulgaria.

Profile

Her areas of expertise are youth participation in the social transformation of Bulgarian society, changes in youth transitions and family life, and youth policy. She is a member of the Pool of European youth researchers of the Partnership between the European Union and the Council of Europe in the field of youth.

Publications

• 2014 Young People in European Bulgaria. A Sociological Portrait 2014. Kovacheva Sofia: Freidrich Ebert Foundation (together with Petar-Emil Mitev).

·    2012: Carmen Leccardi, Carles Feixa, Siyka Kovacheva, Herwig Reiter, Tatjana Sekuli? (eds) 1989 – Young people and social change after the fall of the Berlin Wall. Strasbourg: Council of Europe
• 2010: Work-Life Balance: Young Working Parents between Opportunities and Constraints, Sofia: East-West.
• 2007: Disadvantage in youth transitions: constellations and policy dilemmas, In H. Colley, Ph. Boetzelen, B. Hoskins and T. Parveva (eds.): Social inclusion for young people: breaking down the barriers. Strasbourg: Council of Europe, pp. 31-42 (together with A. Pohl)
• 2006: Civil Society, Citizenship and Civic Participation in Bulgaria. (with S. Videv, P.-E. Mitev, G. Koleva and N. Tilkidjiev), Plovdiv: Makros
• 2006: �Youth and Citizenship in Eastern Europe’, In: L. Sherrod (Ed.) International Encyclopaedia of Youth Activism. Westport, Connecticut: Greenwood Press, Vol. 1 (A-J), pp. 222-225.
• 2005: Kovacheva, S. �Will youth rejuvenate the patterns of political participation?’, In: Forbig, J. (Ed.) Revisiting youth political participation. Challenges for research and democratic practice in Europe. Strasbourg: Council of Europe Publishing, 2005, pp. 19-28.
• 2003: Democratic Citizenship in Comparative Perspective. (with M. Klicperova-Baker, L. Titarenko, I. Feierabend and C. Hofstetter), San Diego: San Diego State University.
• 2000: Keys to Youth Participation in Eastern Europe, Council of Europe, Strasbourg.

Projects

• 1994-1995 Student Movement in Post-communist Bulgaria, Research and Writing Grant of MacArthur Foundation, Chicago, Illinois, USA

•1996-1998 An Evaluation of Programmes to Assist the Young Unemployed in East-Central Europe, ACE Program, European Commission  

•1998-1999 Youth Participation in Central and Eastern Europe, Youth Directorate, The Council of Europe
• 2001-2003 Democratic Attitudes in Central and Eastern Europe, Research Support Scheme, Open Society Foundation, Prague, the Czech Republic
• 2004-2005 Thematic Study “Policies for Disadvantaged Youth in Europe” commissioned by DG Employment and Social Affairs
• 2005-2009 CINEFOGO: Civil Society and New Forms of Governance in Europe, Network of Excellence, 6th FP, EC
• 2006-2009 UP2YOUTH – Youth: Actor of Social Change” 6th FP, EC
• 2006-2009 Quality of Life in a Changing Europe, STREP, 6th FP, EC
• 2014-2016 SAHWA. Еmpowering the young generation: towards a new social contract in South and East Mediterranean countries, Collaborative project, 7th FP, EC

• 2015-2018 Partispace. Spaces and styles of participation. Formal, non-formal and informal possibilities of young people’s participation in European cities, Horizon 2020, EC

• 2015-2018 GEMM: Growth, Equal Opportunities, Migration and Markets, Horizon 2020, EC

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Name

Radka Peeva

Affiliation

MD in sociology from the University of Sofia, Bulgaria, researcher at the New Europe Centre Plovdiv, lecturer in Sociology at the University of Plovdiv, Bulgaria, Head Assistant in Economic Sociology at the University of Security and Economics of Plovdiv

Profile

She specializes in the field of human resources - recruitment and team work, work with young people and adults with disabilities and disadvantaged people, youth policy and youth participation.

Publications

•         2004  A Comparative Study of  English Language Education in Bulgaria Primary Schools,2004. Radka Peeva, Silvia Gerdzhikova, Donka Keskinova. Foundation Global Development Network

•         2006 Institutional Context of the Quality of Life and Work in Bulgaria, National report,2006. Siyka Kovacheva, Radka Peeva and Tsvetan Andreev. Plovdiv

•         2014  Analysis of Specific Needs of Employers for Skilled Workforce in Plovdiv Region, Empirical Research, Radka Peeva, Plovdiv: Journal of College of Economics and Administration

Previous projects

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•    2005-2009 CINEFOGO: Civil Society and New Forms of

В В В  В В Governance in Europe, Network of Excellence, 6th FP, EC

В·В В В В В В В В В  2006-2009 Quality of Life in a Changing Europe, STREP, 6th FP, EC

·          2006-2009 UP2YOUTH – Youth: Actor of Social Change” 6th FP, EC

В·В В В В В В В В В  2013-2014 Analysis of Specific Needs of Employers for Skilled Workforce in Plovdiv Region, Empirical Research, Project on Updating the curriculum in accordance with the requirements of the labor market in the College of Economics and Administration, HRD OP, 7th FP, EC

·          2015-2018 Partispace. Spaces and styles of participation. Formal, non-formal and informal possibilities of young people’s participation in European cities, Horizon 2020, EC

В·В В В В В В В В В  2015-2018 GEMM: Growth, Equal Opportunities, Migration and Markets, Horizon 2020, EC

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Name

Boris Popivanov

Affiliation

PhD in political science from the University of Sofia. Junior researcher at the New Europe Centre Plovdiv. Assistant Professor in Political Systems and Ideologies at the Faculty of Philosophy at the University of Sofia, Bulgaria.

Profile

His areas of expertise are citizenship and youth studies, history of socialist ideas, and history of modern Bulgarian institutions. He is member of the Bulgarian Political Science Association.

Publications

• 2015 Changing Images of the Left in Bulgaria: The Challenge of Post-Communism in the Early 21st Century. Stuttgart: Ibidem Verlag.

·    2014: PES’ ”Moderate” Rivals in the 2014 EP Elections – in Kanev, D. (ed.) Social Alternative for Europe, Sofia: Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, pp. 120-136
• 2010: Trends in the Value Attitudes of the Muslim Bulgarians: European and National Political Aspects. – Balkans 21 (7).
• 2009: Towards a Multi-Level Political Participation: Importance and Opportunities of EU Citizenship – In: Hristova-Valtcheva, K. (ed.), New Actors in a New Environment: Accession to the European Union, Civil Society and Multi-Level Governance, Sofia: BECSA, pp. 212-222

·    2008: Transition to Democratic Citizenship in Bulgaria: Impact on Social Change and Civic Activism – in Mitrovic, L. and G. Stojic (eds.), Challenges and Achievements of the Contemporary Sociology of Social Development, Nis: University of Nis, pp. 345-356
• 2008: Citizenship and Civic Activity in Contemporary Bulgaria: (Non-) European Dimensions. - Sociologija. Mintis ir veiksmas. 3 (23), pp. 47-57

В·В В В  2007: The New Voter. Sofia: Iztok-Zapad

Previous projects

• 2006-2009 CINEFOGO: Civil Society and New Forms of Governance in Europe, Network of Excellence, 6th FP, EC

• 2008-2012 Harmonization of Bulgarian National Values with the EU Values: Achievements and Problems, Ministry of Education, Youth and Science, Bulgaria

• 2009-2011 Monitor of youth – creating database and methodology for tracing the current status of young people in Bulgaria and their role in society, Ministry of Education, Youth and Science, Bulgaria

• 2009-2013 Classical and New Identities of Bulgarians after the Transition and the EU Accession, Ministry of Education, Youth and Science, Bulgaria

• 2011-2012 Challenges to identity in the context of United Europe (Ethnic, National and European Identity in Bulgaria – social construction and current problems), Ministry of Education, Youth and Science, Bulgaria

• 2014-2015 The Idea of Civil Society: Classical Texts, Sofia University Research Fund, Bulgaria

• 2015-2018 Partispace. Spaces and styles of participation. Formal, non-formal and informal possibilities of young people’s participation in European cities, Horizon 2020, EC

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• 2015-2018 GEMM: Growth, Equal Opportunities, Migration and Markets, Horizon 2020, EC

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Name: Plamen Nanov

Education:

1. PhD student in Sociology of  Law. Thesis title: “The Dilemma of Turkey’s Accession to The European Union”. (University of  Plovdiv, Bulgaria).

2. Master of Diplomacy and International Relations.  Thesis Title: ”The  Turkish dilemma of The European union”. (University of  Plovdiv, Bulgaria).

3. Bachelor of Sociology. Thesis Title: ”Occurrance and development of Attack party”. (University of  Plovdiv, Bulgaria).

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Profile: His research interests are in the field of Sociology of В Law, Political Sociology, Youth Policy and International Relations.

Publications:

1. Social and economic dimensions of Turkish prosperity, Svishtov, 2014

2.Turkey – The Guarantor for Regional Stability Heads into a New Role, Plovdiv, 2015

3. Effects of “Mechanism for Cooperation and Verification” on Bulgarian state, 2015

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Projects:

2014-2016 SAHWA. Р•mpowering the young generation: towards a new social contract in South and East Mediterranean countries, Collaborative project, 7th FP, EC

2015-2018 Partispace. Spaces and styles of participation. Formal, non-formal and informal possibilities of young people’s participation in European cities, Horizon 2020, EC

2015-2018 GEMM: Growth, Equal Opportunities, Migration and Markets, Horizon 2020, EC

2015 – 2016 – Soft Law and its importance to Bulgarian Law, (University of  Plovdiv, Bulgaria);

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2015 – Youth leadership for participatory democracy, Leadership academy, EEA Grants.