ENGAGE

This project addresses the discrimination of Roma people in Europe building on the assumption that antigypsyism and a hostile normative political context create obstacles to Roma inclusion and the social engagement of Roma and non-Roma people alike.

Our objectives are to:

  • Address the problem of antigypsyism and indifference among members of the non-Roma majority.

  • Increase Roma activism and engagement.

  • Mobilise the non-Roma population as allies for social change.

We propose to identify a new approach to contact-based interventions to fulfil the aim of creating harmony in society while maintaining awareness of social inequalities.

Our project has two main pillars:

  • conducting and assessing contact-based intervention programs using action research and identifying best practices;

  • conducting randomised controlled lab and survey experiments, and analysing data from large European surveys and using meta-analysis of previous research.

We focus on Hungary, Slovakia and Spain, but maintain a European perspective in data collection and dissemination. We will develop common methodologies for contact-based interventions and an online, interactive toolkit for evaluating interventions from the perspective of fit with the normative context, prejudice reduction, and social mobilisation. We will disseminate our findings to researchers, local and EU policy makers and practitioners, as well as to the general public.

The Child Protection Policy of the ELTE Team is available here.