The recent and ongoing socio-economic crisis is still relatively under-researched. Some initial studies have been conducted on the consequences of the crisis for social security and social inequality in various European countries, and there is some scattered research on socio-economic resilience. But in-depth and internationally comparative research on households’ living conditions and their coping mechanisms for the impact of the crisis is still lacking, especially in relation to socio-economic understandings of. There is a need to go beyond the statistical figures to gain insight into the underlying social facts and processes. These are the major gaps RESCuE aims to fill with its innovative conceptual and empirical design. RESCuE will achieve a progress beyond the state of the art in a number of ways, detailed below.