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Open the Door

Open the Door: Social Science Research for Development and a Sustainable Future

Development aid is the most visible and most successful field of the European Union’s complex external actions. The European Union and its 28 Member States are, together, still the largest development donors worldwide and have played a leading role in the efforts to achieve the United Nations’ Millennium Development Goals. The EU has also proved to be a reliable and predictable actor during the negotiations of the new Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations that will shape global development strategies for the years to come.

This publication presents the most relevant projects on development funded under the Seventh Framework Programme for research and technological development (FP7).


An ever closer union among the peoples of Europe?

An ever closer union among the peoples of Europe? - Rising inequalities in the EU and their social, economic and political impacts

The European Treaty is based on an ‘ever closer union among the peoples of Europe’. Scientific research in social sciences and the humanities funded by the European Commission under the Seventh Framework Programme shows that socioeconomic inequalities have generally increased in the EU over the last 20 years. A dual trend in inequalities has been observed during periods of economic growth as well as since the onset of the financial and economic crisis in 2008.


25 years after the fall of the Iron Curtain: The state of integration of East and West in the European Union

The state of integration of East and West in the European Union

During the last 25 years, Central and Eastern European countries have undergone unprecedented changes. In turn, the enlargement of the EU to these new countries also affected profoundly the EU itself.

This Review aims to describe, document and explain the fundamental systemic change that took place in Central and Eastern Europe since 1989 and its impacts on European integration.


Financial crisis: causes, policy responses, future challenges - Outcomes of EU-funded research

Publication cover: Population ageing in Europe - Facts, implications and policies

Reviewing the outcomes of EU-funded research in social sciences funded under the seventh framework programme, this publication addresses the causes of the financial crisis, the policy responses taken, and future challenges left to resolve.


Population ageing in Europe

Publication cover: Population ageing in Europe - Facts, implications and policies

Facts, implications and policies

Longevity is one of the biggest achievements of modern societies. In the last 20 years, people all over the world have, on average, gained 6 years of life expectancy. Research on ageing has and will continue to be a vital part of the EU’s framework programmes for research. This publication aims to address the question of how Europe is prepared for advanced population ageing. Can it face the challenges? Can it seize the opportunities?


Social innovation research in the European Union

Publication cover: Social innovation research in the European Union: Approaches, findings and future directions

Buzzword’ or ‘Concept’? ‘Solution’ or ‘Tool’? ‘Sustainable’ or ‘Elusive’?

This policy review, written by Jane Jenson and Denis Harrisson, has produced a systematic overview of research findings of 17 comparative European projects in the area of social innovation. The review focusses on how these projects address ‘social innovation’ in terms of theory, methodology, policy areas, actors and level of analysis with the aim of bringing the results to the attention of policy-makers, wider groups of stakeholders and the broader public in a comprehensive way.





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EU Social Platforms: A review on an experiment in collaborative research design
Presenting those FP7 SSH research projects, which took up the task of understanding the (lack of) European growth dynamism and Europe’s readiness to enter into a new and sustainable growth path

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