The current socio-economic research brings with it a promise for the future.
Future study will be based on two main pillars. The first aspect focuses on understanding and developing a knowledge-based society in Europe, including the production, use and transmission of different forms of knowledge. The second aspect addresses the relationship between citizens, democracy and new forms of governance, the emergence of fundamental rights, the prevention of conflicts, and the strengthening of dialogue with other world regions.
Research in social sciences and humanities will explore these two broad fields not as separate ‘worlds’ but will aim at integrating economic, social, institutional, and cultural aspects. A range of options – such as integrated research projects and networks of excellence – will be available to lend support to the achievement of a truly ‘European Research Area’.