Take Part - Social Learning to Take Part in Social Movements:

Understanding the Social Transformation of Civic Participation

Project summary

The TakePart project investigates the role of social media in rejuvenating civic engagement and democracy through movement social learning. Utilizing a cross-national and interdisciplinary approach, it models how personal networks on social media contribute to collective action and political change. The project aims to develop a comprehensive theory of how information sharing within networks affects civic participation, focusing on the dynamics of progressive social movements across Europe. TakePart’s research will enhance understanding of digital-era civic engagement and inform policy and practice in this field.


Reveal network, temporal, contextual, and geographical variations in the socio-cultural diffusion
of information related to movement outcomes.
Measure the interaction between network, discursive, temporal, geographic,
and contextual variables affecting movement social learning on different social media platforms.
Understand the extent and reasons why communication on social media was intended to or succeeded
in encouraging movement social learning, and if it was influenced by the factors identified in WP1 and WP2.
Predict and model movement social learning, test its causes, and measure its prevalence and the size
of its effects on movement outcomes and civic participation.
Highlight the theoretical and practical implications of movement social learning, explicating
its impact on civic participation and the democratic polity.
Demonstrate how the knowledge generated by this project can innovate responses to the social
transformation of civic participation by practitioners and policymakers.

Work packages

WP1 embarks on a data-centric journey, capturing and analyzing social media data related to protests using sophisticated software, aiming to decode the impact of online discourse on social movements.

WP2 dives into the analytical deep, measuring the complex interplay of social networks and
communication on social media, to understand their influence on collective learning and action.
WP3 progresses the mission by interviewing activists and influencers, translating these conversations
into predictive surveys that model the efficacy of social media in driving social learning and civic participation.
WP4 spreads the knowledge gained, publishing findings, engaging stakeholders,
and fostering an academic and public dialogue, while also setting up a research lab to seed future explorations.

WP5 steers the project’s course, ensuring seamless management and coordination, fostering a collaborative environment, and keeping a steady hand on the project’s pulse through diligent monitoring and reporting.

This work was supported by the project “ Social Learning to Take Part in Social Movements: Understanding the Social Transformation of Civic Participation” funded by European Union – NextgenerationEU and Romanian Government, under National Recovery and Resilience Plan for Romania, contract no 760038/23.05.2023, cod PNRR-C9-I8-CF 204/ 29.11.2022, through the Romanian Ministry of Research, Innovation and Digitalization, within Component 9, Investment I8.