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14 July 2015
Creating social cohesion, social mobility and economic performance in today’s hyper-diversified cities

European cities today are more diverse than ever before. Immigration, socio-economic inequalities, spatial segregation and a diversity of identities and lifestyles are all contributing factors. The challenges faced by urban policymakers and institutions to meet the needs of Europe’s increasingly diverse population are numerous and complex.

The principal aim of DIVERCITIES is to examine how Europe can benefit from diversity. The project’s central hypothesis is that urban diversity is an asset. It can inspire creativity and innovation. Create cities that are more liveable and harmonious. Stimulate local and national economies and make European cities more competitive.

9 July 2015
Think young people aren’t interested in politics? You’ll be surprised

Young people across Europe are not politically disengaged as is commonly assumed, a research study has found.

In fact, most of them vote and fully support democracy, even if they think things could be improved and politics should become more about the common good and less about corporate and elite interest. That’s the take-home message from the EU-funded study MYPLACE, whose findings across 14 European countries including Croatia, Denmark, Germany, Russia and the UK revealed that 42 % of young people, defined as 16 to 25 years old, are interested in politics, and 70 % of those who are eligible voted in their last national election.

08 July 2015
A blueprint for an EU approach to a changing world order

Dramatic changes are underway in global politics. GR:EEN project aims to help Europe’s policymakers respond in a way that ensures European values and objectives continue to influence the evolution of global norms and policies.

11 June 2015
A statistical revolution in data on the third sector in Europe

Demands have long been heard for making civil society visible in national and transnational statistics by pulling it out of categories that it has so far been hiding in. Until now, only three European countries have actually done this. However, as the June 1, 2015 conference, “A statistical revolution in data on the third sector in Europe” held by the Third Sector Impact project has shown, a mounting transformation is taking place in statistical agencies. The third sector, which has been invisible in European statistics for way too long, is starting to be put high on the statistical agenda and the citizen sector brought into a clear view. This means that its important contributions can better be understood and its talents and resources can better be utilized.

8 June 2015
Inequality, not unavailability, is the main driver of food insecurity

The inability to access nutritious food due to poverty is the main reason people face food insecurity, an issue that affects people within the EU as well as in developing countries, according to Prof. Johan Swinnen, who is on the project management team of the EU-funded FOODSECURE project and sits on the EU scientific steering committee for Expo Milano.

Read the article published in Horizon Magazine

8 May 2015
European social model towards a socio-ecological transition

Can the EU simultaneously contribute more strongly to world growth, help improve the living standards of its population and reduce energy and material inputs? These are key questions whenever the future of the European social model is discussed. A recent stakeholders’ conference on longer-term social and environmental progress in Europe tried to give comprehensive answers to them.

Read the article published in Commission en Direct (PDF icon 78 KB) , April - May 2015 – Issue 21

21 April 2015
European Neighbourhood Policy

The European Union is very much concerned with the prosperity, stability and security of its neighbouring countries. The Israeli-Palestinian conflict has been dragging on for decades. In recent years and months instability has soared on the Southern and then Eastern borders of the EU. Even a country with a booming economy such as Turkey has been showing signs of political turmoil in the last few years over issues of internal political representation and relationships with its minorities.

Between 2007 and 2013 the EU spent €11.2 billion to build stronger partnerships with its neighbours. Between 2014 and 2020 it will spend an additional €15.4 billion in support of programmes with 16 neighbouring countries through a European Neighbourhood Instrument. The important issue for the EU is to define policies based on well-established historical and up-to-date knowledge rather than on impressions or outdated views of changing realities. In this context, EU funding for research in social sciences and the humanities is key for understanding with more accuracy the political, social, cultural and economic stakes in these countries. 12 EU research projects shed light on our immediate geostrategic environment.

Read about these projects (PDF icon 342 KB)

  • 3 March 2015
    Governance and environmental justice in Latin America and the Caribbean> > >
  • 30 January 2015
    NEUJOBS workshop on topical book project: Social Investment and its Critics> > >
  • 29 January 2015
    MYPLACE THEMATIC REPORT: Europe wide thematic analysis of young people’s views, attitudes and behaviour towards a range of social and political issues> > >
  • 12 December 2014
    Are persons with disabilities the invisible workers?> > >
  • 9 December 2014
    The anti-corruption frontline – New publication from the ANTICORRP project> > >
  • 5 December 2014
    Elite shifts and environmental politics in Latin America> > >
  • 2 December 2014
    SI-LIVE: Bringing together social innovation research, incubation and action> > >
  • 20 November 2014
    Project TRANSWORLD: EU and US Attitudes Toward the Environment and Climate Change> > >
  • 5 November 2014
    Adult and continuing education in Europe > > > (PDF icon 3.3 MB)
  • 17 October 2014
    Policies on Early School Leaving in nine European countries: a comparative analysis > > > (PDF icon 1.8 MB)

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