Leicester in new study on social identity

The University has been selected as the only UK university to be involved in a Europe-wide project studying social identity.

Leicester is among 15 institutions from 12 countries to take part in the EC Horizon 2020 project: 'Between the representation of the crisis and the crisis of representation. How crisis changed the symbolic background of European societies and identities. Implication for policies and policy'.

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme
Researchers from Leicester’s Department of Media and Communication are examining the evolution of symbolic universes grounding European social identity in order to analyse whether a major change occurred in European societies as a consequence of the socio-economic crisis.

Dr Giuseppe Veltri, Programme Director of the MA in New Media and Society, said: “Reflecting upon the categories citizens adopt in representing the outside world is key to develop effective policies at all levels of governance.”

The kick-off meeting of the Horizon 2020 funded project was successfully launched from 9-11 June.  It is a three-year initiative aimed at analyzing 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.