Young people’s participation: learning from action research in eight European cities. Partispace Deliverable D 5.3.

Year of production: 2018

Aiming at contributing to a better understanding of the current developments, paradoxes and ways to deal with youth political participation in Europe, the main research question of the PARTISPACE project is: How and where do 15- to 30 year-old young people participate differently across social milieus and youth cultural scenes and across eight European cities (framed by different national welfare, education and youth policies)?

As part of a proper work package (see Partispace proposal), Action research have been conducted in order to involve young people in local, city-based action research (AR) projects by encouraging and assisting them in carrying out their own research, developing ‘products’, and co-analysing findings.

In relation to this research question, this report was intended to evaluate action research processes and methods though the 18 action research project conducted during the Partispace study.



The PARTISPACE project provides empirical knowledge on how to broaden the concepts of participation. The core of this knowledge lies in relating individual biographies of young people and the social spaces in which they act in order to understand the meaning of participation from their perspective.

Gráinne McMahon

Percy-Smith Barry

Nigel Patrick Thomas

Bečević Zulmir

PdD in Childhood studies, lecturer and researcher at the Department of Social Work, University of Gothenburg

Susanne Liljeholm Hansson

Torbjörn Forkby