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 Kostadinova 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.

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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.

 

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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

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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.

 

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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.

 

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Name: Plamen Nanov