The research is divided into four Work Packages (WPs), together producing an interdisciplinary approach to the study of trust. The WPs focus on law (WP2), information (WP3), labour market (WP4), and everyday encounters (WP5), which we consider to be crucial for increasing social and institutional trust in society, and, ultimately, for improving societal preparedness for the challenges brought by demographic changes.
Mobile Futures highlights the importance of social and institutional trust in developing good demographic relations. We draw from critical integration research that challenges existing integration models for portraying society as neutral and integration as a responsibility – and often a problem – of migrants alone. Mobile Futures emphasizes the need to approach integration as a trust-based process that affects the society as a whole.
The aim is to create practical ways of translating research from the work packages into integration policies and practices to reach the following goals:
- Find ways to strengthen social trust between people of different backgrounds as well as people’s trust in society and its institutions;
- Identify discriminatory and racist structures and practices in the functioning of various institutions, and find ways to dismantle these structures and practices in cooperation with institutional representatives;
- Contribute to societal debates on integration and develop genuine cooperation between researchers and integration experts at national and local levels, using the Living Lab method.
This work package looks at trust in information and expert knowledge by examining the relationship between social and institutional trust and views on migration-related issues, and the relationship between migrants’ Media Information Literacy (MIL) and institutional trust.
This work package approaches two-way integration by studying everyday encounters of people of diverse backgrounds in Oulu and Turku, focusing on the possibilities and challenges of trust-building between migrants and the native-born both in informal and institutional settings.