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Policy Briefs

Disseminating research success through policy

Getting policy insights at a glance, discovering thought-provoking results and comparisons in Europe, checking quickly a methodology. This is why the Socio-economic Sciences and Humanities (SSH) programme publishes policy briefs: to communicate research results in a structured way in only a few pages.

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Migration and Mobility

DIVERCITIES - Governing Urban Diversity: Creating Social Cohesion, Social Mobility and Economic Performance in Today’s Hyper-diversified Cities

April 2016 (PDF icon 308 KB) | July 2015 (PDF icon 227 KB) | August 2014 (PDF icon 368 KB)
February 2014 (PDF icon 566 KB) | September 2013 (PDF icon 563 KB)


EUBORDERREGIONS - European Regions, EU External Borders and the Immediate Neighbours

Analysing Regional Development Options through Policies and Practices of Cross-Border Co-operation.

February 2015 (PDF icon 794 KB) | September 2014 (PDF icon 516 KB) | March 2013 (PDF icon 2.7 MB)



On the role of human rights and democracy perceptions in constructing migration aspirations and decisions towards Europe

January 2013 (PDF icon 172 KB)



Transnational Migration in Transition: Transformative Characteristics of Temporary Mobility of People

October 2015 (PDF icon 165 KB)


EURISLAM - Finding a Place for Islam in Europe

Cultural Interactions between Muslim Immigrants and Receiving Societies

September 2013 (PDF icon 443 KB)


FAMILIESANDSOCIETIES - Changing families and sustainable societies:

Policy contexts and diversity over the life course and across generations

May 2016 (PDF icon 814 KB) | April 2015 (PDF icon 590 KB) | March 2014 (PDF icon 325 KB)


GUSTO - The governance of uncertainty and sustainability: tensions and opportunities

January 2013 (PDF icon 433 KB)



January 2013 (PDF icon 518 KB) | January 2013 (PDF icon 417 KB) | January 2013 (PDF icon 490 KB) | January 2013 (PDF icon 427 KB)


MigRom - The immigration of Romanian Roma to Western Europe: Causes, effects, and future engagement strategies

The Roma population of Europe is attracting the attention of policy-makers at the European level, as it suffers disproportionately from poverty and social deprivation, marginalisation.

September 2015 (PDF icon 319 KB) | September 2014 (PDF icon 402 KB)


POWER2YOUTH - A Comprehensive Approach to the Understanding of Youth Exclusion and the Prospects for Youth-led Change in the South and East Mediterranean

October 2015 (PDF icon 118 KB)


RELIGARE - Religion and State support

Innovative approaches to law and policy

October 2013 (PDF icon 236 KB)


Reversing Inequalities

ASSPRO CEE 2007 - The price of a childbirth

April 2013 (PDF icon 169 KB) | February 2013 (PDF icon 145 KB)


CITISPYCE - Combating Inequalities Through Innovative Social Practices of and for Young people in Cities across Europe

Young people coping with inequalities - between fatalism, frustration and innovation

June 2015 (PDF icon 713 KB)


COCOPS - Trends and impact of public administration reforms in Europe

Citizen-centred reforms offer the best route to success. The findings of the FP7 funded project CoCops clearly point towards this conclusion.

September 2014 (PDF icon 441 KB) | November 2013 (PDF icon 687 KB)


COPE – Public services and the combat against poverty

The role of public services in reducing poverty and social exclusion is paramount. In order to achieve these goals however, and to cater to the needs of those afflicted, greater efforts towards the integration and better coordination of services are necessary.

January 2015 (PDF icon 959 KB)


DISCIT - Making persons with disabilities full citizens

Executive Summary (PDF icon 144 KB) | May 2016 (PDF icon 198 KB) | September 2015 (PDF icon 316 KB) | December 2014 (PDF icon 200 KB) | September 2014 (PDF icon 274 KB) | September 2014 (PDF icon 191 KB) | September 2014 (PDF icon 234 KB)


ELDIA - European language diversity for all

August 2013 (PDF icon 1.2 MB)


FLOWS - Impact of local welfare systems on female labour force participation and social cohesion

How local welfare provision affects the labour market participation of women, and how female employment affects social cohesion

April 2014 (PDF icon 483 KB) | April 2014 (PDF icon 502 KB) | February 2013 (PDF icon 437 KB)


GOETE - Governance of educational trajectories in Europe

May 2013 (PDF icon 515 KB)


IMPROVE - Poverty Reduction in Europe: Social policy and innovation

November 2015 (PDF icon 510 KB)


INSPIRES - Innovative Social Policies for Inclusive and Resilient Labour Markets in Europe

August 2015 (PDF icon 694 KB)


LLLight’in’Europe - LifeLong / Learning / Innovation /Growth & Human Capital / Tracks in Europe

October 2015 (PDF icon 488 KB)


LOCALISE - How the governance of employment systems affects social cohesion.

The FP7 project LOCALISE (July 2011 - June 2014) researched how active inclusion measures (combining employment services with ‘flanking’ social services) are organised in practice in six European countries: France, Germany, Italy, Poland, Sweden and the UK.

July 2014 (PDF icon 526 KB)


MYPLACE - Memory, Youth, Political Legacy and Civic Engagement (European Summary Brief)

How young people’s social participation is shaped by the shadows - past, present and future - of totalitarianism and populism in Europe.

July 2015 (PDF icon 719 KB) | February 2013 (PDF icon 654 KB)


POCARIM - Mapping the Population Careers, Mobilities and Impacts of Advanced Research Degree Graduates in Social Sciences and Humanities

December 2014 (1) ( PDF icon 716 KB) | December 2014 (2) ( PDF icon 781 KB)
December 2014 (3) ( PDF icon 667 KB) | December 2014 (4) ( PDF icon 780 KB)
December 2014 (5) ( PDF icon 655 KB) | December 2014 (6) ( PDF icon 848 KB)


SocIEtY - Empowering the Young for the Common Good

December 2014 (PDF icon 196 KB) |


TENLAW - Tenancy law and housing policy in the EU

September 2015 (PDF icon 664 KB)


WILCO - Welfare Innovations at the Local level in favour of Cohesion

March 2014 (PDF icon 203 KB)


Employment and New Growth

AGENTA: Ageing Europe

An Application of National Transfer Accounts for Explaining and Projecting Trends in Public Finances

August 2015 (PDF icon 521 KB)


CONSENT - Consumer sentiment regarding privacy on user generated content services in the digital economy

November 2013 (PDF icon 699 KB)


EFESEIIS - Enabling the Flourishing and Evolution of Social Entrepreneurship for Innovative and Inclusive Societies

November 2015 (PDF icon 484 KB)


EFFACE - European Union Action to fight Environmental Crime

November 2014 (PDF icon 383 KB) | November 2014 (PDF icon 386 KB)


FLAGSHIP – Forward Looking Driving Change

Forward Looking Tools and Methods for Answering Major Societal Challenges

December 2015 (PDF icon 930 KB) | December 2014 (PDF icon 724 KB) | October 2013 (PDF icon 810 KB)


INDICSER - Output and productivity growth in the healthcare sector

March 2013 (PDF icon 159 KB) | February 2013 (PDF icon 123 KB)


ITSSOIN - Social Innovation and Civic Engagement

September 2015 (PDF icon 467 KB) | February 2015 (PDF icon 543 KB)


MILESECURE2050 - Multidimensional Impact of the Low-carbon European Strategy on Energy Security, and Socio-Economic Dimension up to 2050 perspective

December 2015 (PDF icon 584 KB) | March 2015 (PDF icon 483 KB) | October 2014 (PDF icon 588 KB)


MIRRIS - Mobilizing Institutional Reforms for Research and Innovation Systems

Europe as a whole must advance significantly in research and innovation performances in order to make the EU the most dynamic and competitive knowledge-based economy, as foreseen in the Europe 2020 strategy.

September 2014 (PDF icon 480 KB)


POLINARES - Accessing Oil, Gas and Minerals in a Changing World

January 2013 (PDF icon 129 KB)


SI-DRIVE - Social Innovation: Driving Force of Social Change

February 2016 (PDF icon 574 KB) | February 2016 (PDF icon 420 KB) | February 2016 (PDF icon 417 KB) | January 2016 (PDF icon 454 KB) | January 2016 (PDF icon 555 KB) | January 2016 (PDF icon 416 KB) | January 2016 (PDF icon 515 KB)


STYLE - Strategic Transitions for Youth Labour in Europe

February 2016 (PDF icon 283 KB)


SustainCity: Using land-use/transport models for sustainable policy making

November 2013 (PDF icon 1.7 MB) | November 2013 (PDF icon 327 KB)


SYRTO - Systemic Risk Tomography: Signals, Measurements, Transmission Channels, and Policy Interventions

(Signals, Measurements, Transmission Channels, and Policy Interventions)

March 2014 (PDF icon 289 KB) | February 2016  (PDF icon 985 KB) |


Third Sector Impact - The impact of the third sector on socio-economic development in Europe

January 2016 (PDF icon 183 KB)


WALQING - Qualitative case study findings of walqing

Investigating working and employment conditions and quality of life in new and growing jobs in Europe

November 2012 (PDF icon 124 KB)


WWWforEurope – Welfare, Wealth and Work for Europe

November 2014 (PDF icon 495 KB) | March 2015 (PDF icon 801 KB) | August 2015 (1) (PDF icon 723 KB)
August 2015 (2) (PDF icon 391 KB)


Global Justice and Stability

ArabTrans - Political and Social Transformations in the Arab World

May 2016 (PDF icon 1.0 MB)


Atlantic Future: Towards an Atlantic area?

Mapping trends, perspectives and interregional dynamics between Europe, Africa and the Americas

December 2015 (PDF icon 425 KB) | December 2014 (PDF icon 634 KB) | December 2014 (PDF icon 1.2 MB)


CASCADE - Exploring the Security-Democracy Nexus in the Caucasus

October 2015 (PDF icon 621 KB) | August 2015 (PDF icon 911 KB) | January 2015 (PDF icon 411 KB)


DemandAT - Addressing demand in anti-trafficking efforts and policies

June 2016 (PDF icon 504 KB) | June 2016 (PDF icon 616 KB) | June 2016 (PDF icon 591 KB)
June 2016 (PDF icon 642 KB) | June 2016 (PDF icon 548 KB) | June 2016 (PDF icon 635 KB)
June 2016 (PDF icon 535 KB)


ENGOV - Environmental Governance in Latin America and the Caribbean

On steps toward a more equitable and effective implementation of REDD in Latin American, and on environmental governance of extractive activities in Latin America and the Caribbean / La gobernanza ambiental de actividades extractivas en América Latina y el Caribe. (All Policy Briefs)

July 2015 (PDF icon 221 KB) | January 2013: English (PDF icon 524 KB) | Espanol (PDF icon 563 KB)


Fiducia - Justice needs trust

Public trust and institutional legitimacy are important for social regulation. If people believe that laws are legitimate and if they trust the courts and the police, then they are more willing to obey the law and cooperate with the justice system.

February 2015 (PDF icon 386 KB) | July 2014 (PDF icon 743 KB)


GRINCOH - Growth Innovation Competitiveness: Fostering Cohesion in Central and Eastern Europe

June 2015 (PDF icon 1.4 MB) | June 2015 (PDF icon 2.7 MB) | June 2015 (PDF icon 433 KB)


ISSICEU - Intra- and Inter-societal Sources of Instability in the Caucasus and EU Opportunities to Respond

(Eu-Azerbaijani relations: thinking of a culture of human rights in a partnership relation)

January 2016 (PDF icon 620 KB) |


MAXCAP - Maximizing the Integration Capacity of the European Union

June 2016  (PDF icon 972 KB) | April 2016  (PDF icon 272 KB) | November 2015 (PDF icon 573 KB)
November 2015 (PDF icon 655 KB)


NOPOOR - Enhancing Knowledge for Renewed Policies against Poverty

All Policy Briefs


RurbanAfrica - African Rural-City Connections

March 2016 (PDF icon 837 KB) | January 2016 (PDF icon 676 KB) | June 2014 (PDF icon 262 KB)
June 2014 (PDF icon 262 KB) | December 2013 (PDF icon 555 KB)


SEATIDE - Integration in Southeast Asia

Trajectories of Inclusion, Dynamics of Exclusion

November 2014 (PDF icon 197 KB)


URBACHINA – Sustainable urbanisation in China

Historical and Comparative Perspectives, Mega-trends towards 2050. URBACHINA research focused on four themes:

  • Institutional foundations and policies for urbanisation
  • Territorial expansion and accommodating a greater population (including land property rights and the ‘hukou’ system)
  • Infrastructures and services for sustainable development (including future scenarios for sustainable urbanisation)
  • Urban communities and social sustainability

A selection of the most policy-relevant results from the four research areas is presented in the Policy Briefs.

September 2013 (PDF icon 822 KB) | September 2014 (PDF icon 718 KB) | December 2014 (PDF icon 641 KB) | February 2015 (PDF icon 1.8 MB)


Cultures and Citizenship

ALACs - Analysis and Enhancement of an Anti-corruption Tool

To Enable Better Informed and Effective Citizens Participation in Europe

September 2013 (PDF icon 107 KB)


INTERCO-SSH - INTERnational COoperation in the SSH: Comparative Socio-Historical Perspectives and Future Possibilities

March 2016 (PDF icon 503 KB)


MEMOLA - MEditerranean MOntainous LAndscapes: an historical approach to cultural heritage based on traditional agrosystems

November 2015 (PDF icon 1.2 MB)


RICHES - Renewal, Innovation and Change: Heritage and European Society

The main objective of RICHES is to reduce the distance between people and culture, recalibrating the relationship between heritage professionals and heritage users in order to maximise cultural creativity.

April 2016: PB-1 (PDF icon 898 KB) , PB-2 (PDF icon 1.0 MB) , PB-3 (PDF icon 732 KB) , PB-4 (PDF icon 798 KB)
March 2016 (PDF icon 1.2 MB) | June 2015 (PDF icon 671 KB) | July 2015 (PDF icon 873 KB)
August 2015 (PDF icon 1.0 MB)


Social Sciences and Humanities Integration and Communication

IMPACT-EV - Evaluating the impact and outcomes of EU SSH research

December 2015 (PDF icon 707 KB)







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An ever closer union among the peoples of Europe?
Scientific research in social sciences and the humanities funded by the European Commission shows that socioeconomic inequalities have generally increased in the EU over the last 20 years.

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