RE-SERVES focuses attention on fragility and vulnerability issues in education, within the Italian context. Both fragility and vulnerability holds complex and multifaceted relations with education; accordingly, RE-SERVES builds on a composite research design. Besides its main focus on the relations between fragility, vulnerability and education, the project is structured in four sub-areas of in-depth investigation on topical issues in the Italian contemporary society, namely: civic dis-engagement; adolescents’ aggressive and violent behaviours; youth social and economic exclusion; and the frailty of incoming migrants and unaccompanied minors. While assuming a collective form, the project builds on an organic and structured framework in regards to its epistemological, methodological, political and ethical instances, so as to avoid the risk of fragmentation. But to allow for in-depth investigations, each topical issue identified by the project is made the centre of attention by a research unit. Accordingly, the project is organized in six Work Packages (WPs), of which WPs 1-4 are research-specific, and WPs 5-6 are dedicated to project management and dissemination activities, respectively.