Two topical examples are the development of the "Social Platform on cities and social cohesion" and the research and debate launched on the "transition towards the post-carbon society". SSH also contributes to impact assessment of policies and research, methodological development and research infrastructure through the construction of databases, indicators, and analytical models. The FP7 homepage for SSH research gives further details of research to be conducted, while the monitoring system on the contribution of FP7 to sustainable development provides an overview of sustainable-development related SSH research in FP7.
Finally the Theme’s objectives can be read in full in this
Council Decision document ( 287 KB)
The foresight dimension is an important one under SSH research, as the comparative, cross-cutting and interdisciplinary analysis of economic and social development in Europe (and throughout the world) allows to better develop sustainable policies for the major long-term economic, social, environmental and geopolitical development of the EU. The link between the scientific and policy communities, as well as with the civil society and the broader public at large, are further reinforced through activities under the "Science in Society" theme (SiS) under FP7's "Capacities" programme.
The basis for the activity on Sustainable development is the EU Sustainable Development Strategy (EU SDS) ( 222 KB) which is subject to a formal report released during the annual Spring Council.
Conference "Towards a post carbon society" in Brussels, Belgium, on 24 October 2007
SSH session at the EU Conference "Sustainable Development: a Challenge for European Research", May 2009.
Seminar "The world in 2025 - Conclusions from the European Foresight Expert Group", September 2009.
"GILDED - Governance, infrastructure, lifestyle dynamics and energy demand: European post-carbon communities" , Policy Brief , Brussels, October 2009.
"The world in 2025 - Rising Asia and socio-ecological transition" ( 1.3 MB),
Brussels, 2009, EUR 23921 FR, ISBN 978-92-79-12486-0, ISSN 1018-5593, DOI 10.2777/25936, 32 pages
"People, the economy and our planet - Sustainable development insights form socio-economic sciences and humanities" - A socio-economic perspective from the conference "Sustainable development: A challenge for European research" ( 1.9 MB),
Brussels, 26-28 May 2009. EUR 24053, ISBN 978-92-79-11952-1, DOI 10.2777/50111, ISSN 1018-5593, 40 pages.
"European Union Socio-economic Research - Sustainable Development & Territorial Dynamics" ( 1.5 MB),
Brussels, 2009. EUR 23477, ISBN 978-92-79-09525-2, ISSN 1018-5593, DOI 10.2777/90149, 42 pages.
"Towards a Post-Carbon Society - European research on economic incentives and social behaviour" ( 2.3 MB),
Conference Proceedings, Brussels 2008, EUR 23172 EN, ISBN 978-92-79-07622-0, 54 pages.
"Social, Economic and Governance Aspects of Sustainable Development" ( 1.23 MB],
Policy Review, Series n° 3 (Brussels, 2007 - 52 pages)
"Acting Together for Sustainable Development",
SSH Newsletter n° 8 (Brussels, 2nd quarter 2007)
"Assessing the Social and Environmental Impacts of European Research" ( 2.06 MB],
(Brussels, Belgium, 2005, 98 pages)