Enhancing Social Cohesion through Sharing the Cultural Heritage of Forced Migrations


Contribute to social cohesion and fight refugee marginalization or exclusion by facilitating the encounters between similar life stories, through the mediation of innovative digital and artistic tools


Based on theories of cultural heritage-making, exposing the commonalities of past and present experiences, listening to the target groups’ needs and through the development of a methodology template of co-creative design of replicable digital tools and cultural products, SO-CLOSE will improve social cohesion and promote mutual understanding between refugees and their local communities.


The resulting data and methodology will be used to develop several digital applications, for which purpose we have in our consortium strong technological partners with experience in this field. Working at the intersection of history, sociology, cultural studies, art and computer science, SO-CLOSE will design educational and cultural tool like interactive cookbooks, interactive documentaries based on immersive video recording, AI-powered Chatbots, interactive exhibitions based on personal memories and storytelling or an online platform, named Memory Center, built as a content aggregator and services platform.

Dr. Ainhoa Flecha, since February 2021, is the coordinator of the So-Close project and coordinates all partners to ensure the successful implementation of the project. She also directs, supervises and coordinates the tasks and activities included in the WP7 that establishes the "ethical requirements" that the project must meet.

Dr. Teresa Sordé is the leader of the “WP1: Framework Set Up & Design of the co-creation paths”. The objective of WP1 is to design a common methodology and tool to collect information from the target group and to become the basis for the later phase of the project.


Dr. Javier Rodrigo y Dra. Ainhoa Flecha

Dra. Sònia Parella

Dra. Teresa Sordé

Dra. Ainhoa Flecha

Dr. Massoud Sharifi Dryaz

João Pedro Silveira Martins

María Fernanda Barrera R

EUROPEAN COMMISSION Research Executive Agency Inclusive, Innovative and Reflective Societies