The kick-off meeting of the Horizon 2020 funded project RE.CRI.RE was successfully launched last 9-11 June in Mesagne, Italy. RE.CRI.RE is a three year initiative aimed at analysing the change the crisis has produced in European societies and, upon this basis, the impact and the effectiveness of policies at all levels of governance in this post-crisis scenario.

The project will represent a milestone within ALDA’s citizenship programme in the upcoming three years. ALDA, in cooperation with its strategic partner ISBEM, is the coordinator of a network of 14 universities coming from 12 different countries across Europe. Promoting good governance and citizen participation calls for a deeper reflection on the symbolic universes grounding social identity in order to analyse whether a major change occurred in European societies as a consequence of the socio-economic crisis. Reflecting upon the categories citizens adopt in representing the outside world is key to develop effective policies at all levels of governance.

The project brings therefore together academics and practitioners in accordance with the new approach of the Horizon 2020 programme focused on applied research. Besides the coordination of the partnership, ALDA will strongly contribute to the initiative by providing a network of more than 180 members as communities where to develop case studies and test the outcomes of the research.

The kick-off meeting in Mesagne was an occasion to gather together all the partners and officially set up the governing bodies of the project. It also was an opportunity to deeply define the scientific methodology in collecting and analysing the data as well as to agree on a long term action plan with defined objectives, tasks and deliverables. The three day event was closed by the seminar “Local cultures, social demands and territorial development”. Ms Antonella Valmorbida, Secretary General of ALDA, Mr Alessandro Distante, President of ISBEM and Mr Sergio Salvatore, UniSalento were the keynote speakers and addressed the audience on the importance of the multi-sectoral and multi-stakeholder approach in tackling societal challenges.

The kick-off meeting of the Horizon 2020 funded project RE.CRI.RE was successfully launched last 9-11 June in Mesagne, Italy. RE.CRI.RE is a three year initiative aimed at analysing the change the crisis has produced in European societies and, upon this basis, the impact and the effectiveness of policies at all levels of governance in this post-crisis scenario.

The project will represent a milestone within ALDA’s citizenship programme in the upcoming three years. ALDA, in cooperation with its strategic partner ISBEM, is the coordinator of a network of 14 universities coming from 12 different countries across Europe. Promoting good governance and citizen participation calls for a deeper reflection on the symbolic universes grounding social identity in order to analyse whether a major change occurred in European societies as a consequence of the socio-economic crisis. Reflecting upon the categories citizens adopt in representing the outside world is key to develop effective policies at all levels of governance.

The project brings therefore together academics and practitioners in accordance with the new approach of the Horizon 2020 programme focused on applied research. Besides the coordination of the partnership, ALDA will strongly contribute to the initiative by providing a network of more than 180 members as communities where to develop case studies and test the outcomes of the research.

The kick-off meeting in Mesagne was an occasion to gather together all the partners and officially set up the governing bodies of the project. It also was an opportunity to deeply define the scientific methodology in collecting and analysing the data as well as to agree on a long term action plan with defined objectives, tasks and deliverables. The three day event was closed by the seminar “Local cultures, social demands and territorial development”. Ms Antonella Valmorbida, Secretary General of ALDA, Mr Alessandro Distante, President of ISBEM and Mr Sergio Salvatore, UniSalento were the keynote speakers and addressed the audience on the importance of the multi-sectoral and multi-stakeholder approach in tackling societal challenges.