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Achieving impact through Social Sciences and Humanities

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The scientific impact of EU-funded research in the Socio-economic Sciences and Humanities (SSH) is well-documented. Preliminary findings from the IMPACT-EV project show that SSH projects funded under FP7 have generally published an average of 16 articles in peer reviewed journals. Our projects are also instrumental in strengthening cooperation and networking between researchers at European and international level and in reinforcing the European academic environment. Furthermore, SSH research can have much wider societal impacts by informing policies and institutions tasked with tackling major societal challenges, ranging from growth and full employment, to sustainable development and the management of migration.

Hear what researchers and policy makers have to say about impact of SSH research.

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20 November 2014
Project TRANSWORLD: EU and US Attitudes Toward the Environment and Climate Change

The TRANSWORLD FP7 project (“Transatlantic Relations and the Future of Global Governance”) investigates the evolution of the transatlantic relationship and its role in shaping global governance architectures in four main thematic areas: international security, global economy, environment/climate change, human rights/democracy promotion. The project comprises a consortium of 13 academic and research centres from the EU, the US and Turkey. It runs until 2015.

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18 November 2014
Project CASCADE: The Future of the EU's Neighbourhood Policy

The CASCADE FP7 project ("Exploring the Security-Democracy Nexus in the Caucasus") explores linkages between societal challenges, political developments and conflicts in the Caucasus and investigates the interactions between the North and South Caucasus, as well as between the Caucasus and its wider neighbourhood. The project runs until 2017.

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5 November 2014
Adult and continuing education in Europe

In times of high unemployment rates and low employment rates, how effective are public policies in Adult and Continuing Education in Europe ? What is their impact on the innovation capacities and economic growth of countries and companies? And their role for the inclusion of disadvantaged groups? The European Commission study published last year has also raised interest outside Europe because it addresses identical issues in other developed countries, especially in North America. It shows notably that states are neglecting their policies of adult and continuing education, thus wasting public money, and that the current system of adult and continuing education reinforces inequalities among workers, offering training to those who are already sufficiently skilled.

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Besides, a call for proposal for furthering research linked to the conclusions of this publication is open under Horizon 2020: YOUNG-3-2015: Lifelong learning for young adults: better policies for growth and inclusion in Europe

17 October 2014
Policies on Early School Leaving in nine European countries: a comparative analysis

The project – Reducing Early School Leaving in Europe, funded by the European Commission’s FP7 SSH Programme, aims to provide insights into the mechanisms and processes influencing pupils leaving school or training early. It intends to identify and analyse the intervention and compensation measures that succeed in keeping pupils in education and training, in spite of their high risk of leaving. The project issued recently report comparing the policies on Early School Leaving in 9 countries.

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18 September 2014
External advice and societal engagement: Towards the 2016 and 2017 work programme of "Inclusive, Innovative and Reflective Societies" of Horizon 2020

In preparing the work programme for the Societal Challenge 6 “Inclusive, Innovative and Reflective Societies” of Horizon 2020 for the period 2016-2017, the European Commission is ensuring adequate external advice and societal engagement. This report summarises that advice according to the general structure of specific activities set out in the Council Decision implementing Horizon 2020.

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  • 15 September 2014
    Call for Expressions of Interest: Surveys on economic policy issues - COEURE project > > >
  • 12 August 2014
    WWWforEurope Best Paper Award: Call for papers > > >
  • 22 July 2014
    Is Europe a continent of rising inequalities? > > >
  • 17 July 2014
    Achieving Impact - Socio-economic sciences & humanities in H2020 > > >
  • 16 July 2014
    ISSUES - The Voice of Socio-economic Sciences and Humanities in Europe > > >
  • 9 July 2014
    Results from the Transatlantic Elites Survey (TES) - TRANSWORLD Project > > >
  • 3 July 2014
    Stock-tacking of FP7 funded research activities > > >

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