COHESIFY - Understanding the Impact of EU Cohesion Policy on European Identification

A multi-disciplinary study, funded under Horizon 2020 aims to understand what citizens think of the European Structural and Investment Funds and whether these funds directly impact citizen’s support and identification with the European project. Project COHESIFY is led by Professor John Bachtler and Dr Carlos Mendez of the European Policies Research Centre (EPRC) at the University of Strathclyde, as well as a consortium comprising of 8 universities and 2 SMEs from 10 EU Member States.

The study focuses on the following four areas:

  • how European identity and perceptions of the EU and Cohesion policy vary at national, regional and local levels;
  • the impact of Cohesion policy on citizens’ perceptions of the policy and identification with the EU;
  • whether and how Cohesion policy communication strategies affect perception and identification; and
  • what is needed to make Cohesion policy more effective in terms of people’s perceptions of the policy and the EU more generally

Further information on the project is available on the project website.

Lynne Ross - Scotland Europa