Comparative Transition Experiences

While the ongoing transformation in the AMCs have occurred, other countries and regions have witnessed similar massive protests (sometimes leading to change), where young people were also prominent. This is particularly the case of earlier uprisings in Eastern Europe. Indeed, in the years following the collapse of the Soviet Union, young people were involved in many political developments, ranging from revolution to regime change. However, this youth involvement did not always have a transformative effect. Similarly, the Arab Mediterranean youth played a pivotal role in the so-called Arab Spring, but this initial role did not necessarily translate into an improvement of their living conditions, nor an immediate response to their demands.

In this context, the Work Package “Comparative Transition Experiences” will intend to identify benchmarks for comparison in order to build up scenarios and longer-term outcomes on young people’s lives following the uprisings of 2011. It will address the following research question:

What can we learn from the role young people played in revolutions and mass protests in Europe and Central Asia in past decades? What are the effects of the societal transitions and transformations on young people’s lives and on the construction of a generational consciousness?


•          Scientific report with systematization of the results in comparative dimension

•          Policy report on lessons drawn from other transformation experiences



University of Liverpool (United Kingdom) and Plovdiv University (Bulgaria)


Partners involved

Middle East Technical University (Turkey)

University of Lleida (Spain)

University of Milano-Bicocca (Italy)

University of BREMEN (Germany)





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