Francisco Simões, researcher from the Centre for Psychological Research and Social Intervention (CIS-Iscte), has been selected as one of the experts of the Pool of European Youth Researchers (PEYR) for the term spanning 2024/2025.
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Comprising 35 specialists from diverse corners of Europe, the PEYR stands as a distinguished consortium renowned for its expertise in various policy domains, practical applications, and research arenas concerning youth affairs. Established in 2010, the PEYR has played a pivotal role in bolstering the initiatives of the European Commission Youth Partnership, contributing to a nuanced understanding of the multifaceted dimensions underlying the lives, aspirations, and challenges of young individuals across the European landscape.
The contributions of PEYR researchers transcend scholarly endeavors. Through the meticulous drafting of research papers, surveys, policy briefs, and analytical studies, they furnish invaluable insights to key stakeholders such as the European Commission, the Council of Europe, policymakers, researchers, and practitioners engaged in youth work.
Francisco Simões, now a member of this distinguished group, will play a pivotal role in furnishing evidence-based recommendations and analysis to inform the formulation of youth-centric policies and initiatives at both European and national levels. His expertise, cultivated through years of scholarly dedication on the research topics of NEET youth and rural youth promises to enrich the discourse surrounding youth-related matters, thereby fostering an environment conducive to their holistic development and empowerment.
Indeed, as the leader of COST Action CA18213: Rural NEET Youth Network, he is taking part of the creation of the Rural Youth Observatory, a platform aiming to serve as an open-access synthesizer to store and share three sources of information (research data, methodological tools, and best-practices) concerning rural NEETs. Francisco Simões stated
“This will be, for sure, a great opportunity to connect our Observatory with this initiative and the upcoming EU initiatives in the youth area. Thus, I will make sure to share our collective efforts in that Forum.”