Centre for Research in Education Inclusion and Diversity (CREID)

ENLIVEN: Encouraging Lifelong Learning for an Inclusive & Vibrant Europe

The ENLIVEN research models how policy interventions in adult education markets can become more effective. Integrating state-of-the-art methodologies and theorisations (for example, Case-Based Reasoning methodology in artificial intelligence, bounded agency in adult learning), it implements and evaluates an innovative Intelligent Decision Support System to provide a new and more scientific underpinning for policy debate and decision-making on adult learning, especially for young adults. It utilizes findings from research conducted by European and international agencies and research projects, as well as from the ENLIVEN project. It will enable policy-makers at European Union, national and organizational levels to enhance the provision and take-up of learning opportunities for adults, leading to a more productive and innovative workforce, and reduced social exclusion.

ENLIVEN group photo

The project comprises 11 work packages in 4 clusters. 

  • WPs 1-3 examine programmes, governance and policies in EU adult learning, looking at the multi-dimensional nature of social exclusion and disadvantage. 
  • WP4 examines system characteristics to explain country/region-level variation in lifelong learning participation rates, with particular reference to disadvantaged and at-risk groups, and to young people. 
  • WPs 5-7 examine the operation and effectiveness of young adults’ learning at and for work, undertaking cross-country comparative institutional analysis. 
  • WPs 8 -9 develop the knowledge base for, and develop and trials, an Intelligent Data Support System (IDSS) for evidence-based policy-making and debate.

Project website: https://h2020enliven.org/

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European Commission Horizon 2020 Young-Society Call Young-3

Start date 1st Oct 2016
End date 30 Sep 2019

Edinburgh team

The European Team and beyond

The ENLIVEN team comprises leading scholars with a full range of methodological skills in lifelong learning research and related areas, as well as advanced computer science skills.


An overview of all the events of the ENLIVEN project.