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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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12 December 2014
Are persons with disabilities the invisible workers?

The participation rate of persons with disabilities in the labour market is significantly lower than for persons without disabilities (26% less), which reinforces social inequalities. Within the framework of the FP7 project DISCIT – “Making persons with disabilities full citizens”, on 10 December 2014, the European Disability Forum organised a discussion with Eurostat and the main EU policy-makers to exchange information and data on this important topic. Entitled ‘Persons with disabilities at work: the invisible workers?’, the meeting took place at the European Parliament hosted by MEP Jutta Steinruck , S&D Coordinator of the Employment Committee.

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9 December 2014 - Anti-corruption Day
The anti-corruption frontline – New publication from the ANTICORRP project

The UN General Assembly designated 9 December as International Anti-Corruption Day, to raise awareness of corruption as a phenomenon undermining democracy, political stability and economic development. On this day, it is worth highlighting the work of the ANTICORRP project, set to investigate factors that promote or hinder the development of effective anti-corruption policies.

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5 December 2014
Elite shifts and environmental politics in Latin America

Over the past fifteen years, a number of left-wing governments have swept to power across Latin America. Many of these, or their successors from the same political families, are still firmly in place almost two decades later. The recent third electoral victory of President Evo Morales in Bolivia and Dilma Rousseff's success for a second term in Brazil, confirm that the leaders of the so-called "pink tide" will continue to influence Latin American politics for years to come.

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2 December 2014
SI-LIVE: Bringing together social innovation research, incubation and action, 12th-13th November in Lisbon, Portugal

Social innovation is a concept that almost everyone likes but few seem to be sure of what it means. The SI-LIVE conference set out to elucidate, further develop and promote Social Innovation. The event brought together four EU funded Social Innovation projects (TEPSIE, SI Drive, BENISI and TRANSITION) and attracted a good range of leading social innovators, academics and practitioners from outside the projects' consortia.

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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 > > >  PDF icon 1.8 MB

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