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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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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)

13 April 2015
WorkAble project new book: "Facing Trajectories from School to Work"

This book promotes a radical alternative impact on youth policy in Europe to overcome the situation of vulnerability and discrimination of a growing number of youngsters in their transition from school to work. It follows a Human Development perspective in using the Capability Approach (CA) as analytical and methodological guiding tool to improve the social conditions of the most socially vulnerable young people in European societies. The mission of the interdisciplinary authors is to expand the actual chances of the young to actively shape their lives in a way they have reason to choose and value. This book is based on the research of the EU Collaborative Project “Making Capabilities Work” (WorkAble), funded by the EU within the Seventh Framework Programme. It is the first empirical project to pursue a justice theory perspective on a European level. It also contributes to a fundamental change in the currently mostly insufficient attempts within the human capital approach to use the labour market to ensure desired lifestyle forms and a secure income for vulnerable youth.

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3 March 2015
Governance and environmental justice in Latin America and the Caribbean

The ENGOV project on sustainable governance of natural resources in Latin American and the Caribbean (LAC) held its final conference on 10-12 February at the Ciudad del Saber in Panama City.

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2 March 2015
MEMOLA Project: The documentary of the rehabilitation of the traditional irrigation system of Barjas

MEMOLA is a research project that aims at studying, preserving and promoting cultural landscapes (the natural environment modified by human action through the ages) of Mediterranean mountainous regions. They work in Spain, Italy and Albania, where traditional irrigation systems existed since the Antiquity until today through the Middle Ages. The researchers work very closely with local communities, students and civil organisations. When one sees the demographic decline and environmental degradation of many traditional cultural landscapes, it is obvious that the objectives of the project go further than simple heritage preservation. The participation of local people and school children make them proud of their heritage. It also helps the transfer of knowledge between the elderly and youth. By reviving traditional irrigation systems and agriculture, the project can contribute to the attractiveness of these regions both to local people (by creating jobs and strengthening local identity) and to visitors attracted by traditional agro-pastoral lifestyles and maintained traditional biodiversity.

See the documentary on the rehabilitation of the traditional irrigation system of Barjas (Granada, Spain)

24 February 2015
EU policies in the South Caucasus

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. In their Policy Brief entitled “A broken region: evaluating EU policies in the South Caucasus”, CASCADE coordinator Laure Delcour (Fondation Maison des Sciences de l'Homme) and Jos Boonstra from CASCADE partner FRIDE argue that the European Union remains highly attractive for the volatile region of the South Caucasus. However, to convert this attraction potential into effective cooperation with the three countries in the region - Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia -, the EU will need to develop a clearer and firmer long-term strategic vision, which will especially need to rely on more flexible bilateral relations with each of the three countries.

Read the Policy Brief

30 January 2015
NEUJOBS workshop on topical book project: Social Investment and its Critics

A group of approx. 40 scholars and some policy makers led by Prof Anton Hemerijck of the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, embarked upon a book project entitled 'Social Investment and its Critics'. The book project is linked with and financed by the FP 7 NEUJOBS project- 'Employment 2025: How will multiple transitions affect the European labour market'? NEUJOBS has budget of 10 million with an EU contribution of 7.9 Million Euro and is coordinated by the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS) where Ilaria Maselli acts as the project manager. The most recent, November 2014, policy brief of NEUJOBS (PDF icon 342 KB) focuses Education and social investment.

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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

The aim of this series of thematic reports is to present a general Europe wide thematic analysis of young people’s views, attitudes and behaviour towards a range of social and political issues.

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  • 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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