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23 januari 2014

Journal "Resilience: International Policies, Practices and Discourses"

By the INSPIRES editors:

The journal 'Resilience: International Policies, Practices and Discourses' creates a platform for dialogue about the processes, spaces, policies, practices and subjectivities through which resilience is seen to operate. As such, this journal draws together academic expertise from disciplines such as international sociology, geography, political theory, development studies, security studies, anthropology and law.

Read more about the journal here.


20 januari 2014

'Lack of job skills influences youth unemployment in Europe'

By the INSPIRES editors:

A study by the consulting firm McKinsey (Education to Employment, jan. 13) noted, that the lack of job skills of young Europeans are partly responsible for the high level of youth unemployment in Europe.

Read the article here.

14 januari 2014

ECPR General Conference, Glasgow, 3-6 September 2014

Call for Papers: ECPR General Conference, Glasgow, 3-6 September 2014


This section aims to provide evidence-based knowledge about citizens’ resilience in times of economic crises allowing for providing more effective policy responses to the negative consequences of such crises. It examines in particular the ways in which European citizens have reacted to the crisis that, at different degree of intensity in different countries, struck Europe since 2008, but also how they deal with economic crises and their consequences more generally. This may encompass a wide range of strategies and forms of resilience by citizens, from exiting from the political sphere and withdrawing from political engagement to voicing their concerns and engage in political action. It may also refer to citizens who choose different channels and strategies to make their voice heard as an active reaction to crises. Not only can they engage in political action and protest, but they may seek access to justice at various levels (from local to European and international) and take part in the associational life of their community. Economic crises may also open up new opportunities for political parties – in particular, right-wing populist parties – which voters might consider as providing attractive solutions to cope with the negative consequences of the crisis. In addition, citizens might develop new attitudes and practices towards the economic system, society at large, and their own place within it. Studies show the existence of a wide repertoire of non-capitalist practices that involve citizens lowering their cost of living, connecting to other communities and assisting others. Alternative forms of resilience include the strengthening of social and family networks and community practices to foster solidarity in the face of crises, change of lifestyles towards more sustainable forms of consumption and production, developing new artistic expressions, moving abroad for short or long durations (or on the contrary reducing mobility). In brief, the section examines both individual and collective responses by citizens, both the private and the public dimensions of such responses, and both political and non-political responses. In addition, special attention will be paid to new and alternative forms of resilience in times of crises.

9 januari 2014

Jobs campaign for young people: hit or miss?

A Dutch campaign to get young people into work has found jobs for 8,281 youngsters between 15 and 25 years of age in the Netherlands, well short of the target of 10,000. The campaign was run by youth unemployment ambassador Mirjam Sterk, a former Christian Democrat MP, and staffing agency group Randstad...

13 december 2013

Call For Papers: Inclusive Europe Conference

In Berlin the Inclusive Europe Conference will take place on 9-10 October 2014. Papers can be send in till 31 March. 
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