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  • Security and democracy in the neighbourhood: the case of the Caucasus Synthesis report of an expert workshop organised by DG Research and Innovation, European Commission, on 19 December 2011 in Brussels (619KB PDF icon)

    To indicate some useful possible avenues for future research, the present synthesis report provides an overview of the state of the art of social science and humanities research on the Caucasus on the whole, with a particular emphasis on the topics of security and democratization. It is meant as a valuable read for all those interested in the Caucasus region, the EU's policies in that region, and the research dimensions of these two topics.



  • Mapping the future of the EU-US relationship: Policy and research perspectives. A synthetic overview of the proceedings of the conference held on 25-26 January 2010
    Eds: Erik Jones & Angela Liberatore; 2010, Luxembourg, Publications Office of the European Union, EUR 24308, ISBN 978-92-79-15357-0, doi: 10.2777/16565, 88 pp.(1.82MB PDF icon)


    Relations between the European Union and the USA have been a vital component of the foreign policies of both partners and have played a key role in shaping global developments. Heightened cooperation as well as instances of tension and competition have characterized this close relationship, and now both partners are facing great change in their domestic and international environments.


    • Are such relations still important and strategic in a changing and increasingly multi-polar world?
    • How do the EU and the US deal with each other's expectations, values and interests in addressing issues such as sustainable recovery from the financial crisis, climate change, and the protection of fundamental rights while ensuring security?
    • How do they see and interact with other countries and actors in the European neighborhood as well as in other regions of the World and in institutions responsible for international law and global governance issues?
    • What are the prospects for the upcoming years?

    These are among the questions that were addressed by the conference 'Mapping the Future of the EU-US Partnership: Policy and Research Perspectives' organized by the Directorate General for Research in cooperation with the Directorate General for External Relations of the European Commission and the support of the Spanish Presidency of the EU.


  • "People, the economy and our planet - Sustainable development insights from socio-economic sciences and humanities" - A socio-economic perspective from the conference "Sustainable development: A challenge for European research",
    Brussels, 26-28 May 2009. EUR 24053, ISBN 978-92-79-11952-1, DOI 10.2777/50111, ISSN 1018-5593, 40 pages.(1.88MB PDF icon)

    At the European level, the sustainable development strategy, the energy and climate change package, and the procedure of "impact assessment" of major EU initiatives are good examples of the integration of sustainable development into the daily life of the European Union. Sustainable development has passed from a conceptual idea to an operational reality. Sustainable development has been subject to scientific, technological and, more and more, socio-economic research and studies. Sustainability hinges on whether one can find a new model of development that reconciles profit, people and the planet. Here, EU research deals with long-term issues and with the need to support a post-carbon and knowledge-based society. This publication draws upon presentations and discussion at the "Sustainable development: A challenge for European research" conference that was held in Brussels in May 2009. It focuses on the role of the Socio-economic Sciences and Humanities within European research and which is directed at creating more wealth while consuming fewer resources.


  • Cultures of Governance and Conflict Resolution - A Euro-Indian Workshop.
    Proceedings, New Delhi and Shimla, India, 20-22/11/2008 - EUR 23739 EN, 2009, ISBN 978-92-79-11088-7, DOI 10.2777/57250, 94 pages (1.95MB PDF icon)

    The proceedings present some highlights of research conducted in Europe and India on issues of common interest and high policy relevance such as governance, democracy and conflict resolution where mutual learning can enhance current and future analytical work. The debate at the workshop was organised around four interconnected themes: Cultures of Governance and Perspectives on Diversity; Global Governance and the Universal Values Quest; Cultures of governance and Mutual Perceptions; Conflict Resolution and Human Rights; and Cultural Traditions and the Road Ahead.


  • Towards a Post-Carbon Society: European research on economic incentives and social behaviour,
    Conference Proceedings, Brussels 2008, EUR 23172 EN, ISBN 978-92-79-07622-0, 54 pages (2.4MBPDF icon)

    The dual challenge posed by climate change and the transition to a post-carbon society calls for the increasing involvement of Social Sciences and Humanities. Whether its measuring the economic impact of global warming; assessing the circumstances surrounding social adaptation to new energy and environmental models; studying long-term behavioural change; defining new forms of governance in business or the city; positioning new geopolitical relationships; or analysing potential conflicts over natural resources; Social Sciences and Humanities perspectives are becoming increasingly necessary.

    Against this backdrop, DG Research (Science, Economy and Society Directorate) organised a large conference entitled "Towards a post carbon society" in Brussels on 24 October 2007. The conference resonate with a study we suggested launching in the European seventh RTD Framework Programme "on socio-economic factors and actors that shape the 'post carbon' society". The focus of the conference was on the demand and social sides of the energy and climate change debate. This approach enriches from the Social Sciences and Humanities perspective the scientific and technology initiatives aiming to achieve the EU greenhouse gas emissions, energy efficiency and renewables targets adopted by the Spring 2007 European Council.


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