The project “Living with hard times – How citizens react to economic crises and their social and political consequences” deals with citizens’ reactions to economic crises and their social and political consequences. 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. We examine 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, while the focus of the research is on citizens’ responses, we also examine policy responses so as to have a baseline for assessing citizens’ reactions to crises. The project has three main objectives: (1) to provide systematic evidence of the ways in which European citizens react to economic crises and their social and political consequences, both individually and collectively; (2) to advance knowledge on the connections between individual factors, contextual factors, and the ways in which European citizens react to economic crises and their social and political consequences; and (3) to suggest a number of good practices as to how to deal with economic crises, both at the social and political level, through which their negative consequences on European citizens can be avoided or limited. LIVEWHAT examines individual and collective responses in nine countries: France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Poland, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. The project brings together a multi-disciplinary and multi-national consortium of junior and senior scholars and is coordinated by Prof. Marco Giugni (University of Geneva). LIVEWHAT receives funding from the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement 613237.
Within the project, I am a research fellow for the French team (led by Dr. Manlio Cinalli) and I primarily contribute to the development and analysis of a cross-national online survey.