Q2: Would you please introduce the partners in the MERGING project and explain about your roles in this project?
- The project leader is the university LYON 3. In particular their expertise is on management of organizations, entrepreneurship and international management. They are the coordinators and they are involved in different work packages. We are working closely with the University of Valencia at this stage. We collaborate with researchers from the Social Sciences Faculty, with expertise in the social inclusion of refugees and migrants, and also from the Institute of Local Development, which is a research centre specialised in the theory and practice of local development in its broadest sense. We are collaborating with them in identifying the policies and the legislation in place, as well as in exploring what previous research has contributed to. University of Bologna with the Department of Education Studies “Giovanni Maria Bertin” and the Department of Management is also quite involved in this work package and will take the lead work package 3 (WP3). There is also university of Rennes with the research laboratory Arènes which work in three main fields, social and health policies; engagement, political life and media; local public action.
We are also working with Malmö University and the Malmö Institute for Studies of Migration, Diversity and Welfare (MIM) which is an international research centre with a multidisciplinary profile They are responsible for the overview of the quantitative part of the project in Sweden. We have also a partner which comes with the knowledge of urban planning and architecture. Quatorze is a non-profit organization that specifies in social architecture for resilient and agile cities. And then we have another two partners from the civil society, COTA (Collectif d’Echanges pour la Technologie Appropriée) and Social Business Earth. They work in relation to developing focus groups and evaluating the pilot project. They will help us to reach our goal which is to have three pilot projects in Lyon, Valencia and Gothenburg.
We are leading work package seven (WP7) on governance. We participate in almost all other work packages. In the first half of this year we are working on a report on the multi-level governance of housing in the countries that we are looking at. We will use this report as the ground for the co-creation workshop that we will be facilitating and organizing next year. Also we are going to publish a policy report at the end of each year of the project to communicate the results from our research to policy makers and interested stakeholders.