Jean Monnet Centre of ExcellenceCENTER FOR EUROPEAN STUDIES



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“Empowering the young generation: towards a new social contract in South andEast Mediterraneancountries”



7th Framework Programme

FP7-SSH-2013-2 - Collaborative Projects (Small or Medium-scale Research Projects) as well as Coordination and Support Actions


SAHWA (which means Awakening in Arabic) brings together a number of leading research centres fromEuropeand the South and East Mediterranean (SEM) region. It proposes an inter-disciplinary project that will connect specialized expertise on youth studies and robust methodology, with extended fieldwork in the region and comprehensive analysis of current political and socio-economic transitions.

SAHWA will provide the grounds for large cooperative research endeavours in the region such as the compilation of datasets on a variety of topics of significance (labour markets, social inclusion, political participation, youth culture, uses of media), the creation of an interactive map of the social context based on thematic cartographies of characteristic urban and rural spaces, a net-geography (shababpedia) compiling discourses and profiles of the young generation, and a documentary film that will project the social context through life stories.


The scientific objectives of SAHWA are:

-          Conceptualising transition in theSEMregion.

-          Mapping change in theSEMregion on those issues that may empower youth as a central political, economic and social actor.

-          Assessing the applicability and relevance of other experiences of socio-economic transformation.


1 January 2014–31 December 2016(36 months)


Project Leader and Partners

1) (Coordinator)BarcelonaCentre for International Affairs (CIDOB) -Spain

2) ANIMA Investment Network (ANIMA) –France

3)CENTERofArabWomen for Training and Research (CAWTAR) –Tunisia

4) Centre of Applied Economy for Development (CREAD) –Algeria

5) Education for Employment-Europe (EuropEFE) –Spain

6)InstituteofGraduateManagement Studies (HEM) –Morocco

7)Middle EastTechnicalUniversity(METU) –Turkey

8) Finnish Youth Research Network (FYRN) –Finland

9)LebaneseAmericanUniversity(LAU) –Lebanon

10) TheAmericanUniversityofCairo(AUCE) –Egypt

11) TheUniversityofLiverpool(LIV) -United Kingdom

12)UniversityofLleida(UDL) –Spain

13)UniversityofMilano- Bicocca(UNIMIB) –Italy

14)UniversityofBremen(BREMEN) –Germany

15)UniversityofPlovdiv(PLOVDIV) –Bulgaria

METU’s role

METU will conduct research within the context of the following work packages:

WP1. Mapping political, social and cultural changes: methodological approach

WP2. Youth opportunities: employment, education and social inclusion

WP3. Youth empowerment: mobilization, social movements, political participation and social media

WP4. Youth cultures: values, representations and social conditions

WP5. Gender equality

WP6. Migration and international mobility

WP7. Experiences from transition/transformation inEuropeand elsewhere

WP8. Public policies and international cooperation (co-leader)

WP9. Communication and outreach

WP 10. Coordination and sustainability

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