WP1 – Historical, Comparative Analysis
D1.1-Historical and political development of populism in Europe
D1.3-Typology of populism movements
D1.5-Report containing tools (infographics and typology)
WP2 – Simulation
D2.1-An online catalogue of relevant data sources
D2.2-First set of simulation scenarios
D2.3-Final version of all simulation
D2.4-Comparative findings and assessment of risk factors
D2.5-Lessons learned from simulation analysis
WP3 – Narratives Analysis and ICT Tools
D3.1-Definitions and operationalisations of populism
D3.2-Tool to identify populist narratives
D3.3-Results of online experiments
WP4 – Causal, Policy and Futures Analysis
D4.2-Theoretical model of causes of populism
D4.3-Populism and opinion dynamics
D4.5-Scenarios and desired futures
D4.6-Scenarios construction methodology
WP5 – Dissemination and Engagement
D5.3-Lessons learned from lab events
D5.4-A report with recommendations for new forms of public participation
D5.5-Dissemination of project output
D5.6-Synthesis report outlining the key findings from Democracy labs
D5.7-A two-day Democracy event
D5.8-Future and foresight programme for schools
D5.9-A final conference and gathering of youth representatives
D5.10-Final report on dissemination
WP6 – Ethics Requirements and Compliance Assurance
D6.1-PaCE Ethics Handbook
D6.3-PaCE ethics (period-2)
The PaCE project is informed by Information and Communications Technology (ICT) tools based on machine-learning algorithms that identify and trace grievances taking the shape of populist (or related) narratives publicly voiced online by people across Europe and globally.
The output of this activity will allow the public, politicians, activists, and educators to better grasp what drives populist sentiments and thus how to more effectively respond. Policy-makers will be able to distinguish between different types of narratives and better understand the voices of voters – whilst also providing a valuable resource for researchers.
There are, however, potential drawbacks to using technology to study a social phenomenon – technology may invade privacy, be used to undertake surveillance, compromising the rights of the individual, or harm the society at large. The potential Ethical, Legal, and Social Issues (ELSI) that could be raised by the ICT tools created as part of the PaCE project can also serve as guidance for other consortia or organisations designing similar tools.
Public engagement activities are a key part of the PaCE project. It enters
into an active exchange with policymakers, civil society, the general public,
and wider stakeholders about the implications of the project research findings
with opportunities to introduce them into practice, as well as policymaking.
Asides from distributing research findings, the public engagement activities
are also a way for the generation of findings itself, which will be introduced
into the academic research of the consortium.
This report presents the potential ethical, legal and social (ELSI) issues
posed by public engagement on the topic of populism and civic engagement, and
its potential impact on individuals and communities across Europe – it points
to possible ways of mitigating these risks and the steps the PaCE research
the consortium is taking to address these issues.
D6.6-ELSI guidance in policy recommendations
WP7 – Project Management