The economic and social consequences of the crisis, technological changes and labour market developments have put a strain on the capacity of many people to find a new job and to secure stable and quality employment. Creating growth and jobs is at the core of the Juncker Commission's agenda. Achieving these goals involves responding to a series of challenges. It includes finding answers to the socio-ecological transition; boosting the global competitiveness of European firms; building cooperation and co-creation in socio-economic problems; supporting entrepreneurship and social entrepreneurs; highlighting the role of the service economy and social innovations and promoting the contribution of intangible assets.
Social Sciences and Humanities research contribute to these goals by providing knowledge, data, and answers. Through forward-looking activities, they underline the trends, elucidate the tensions and pave the way for transitions which allows building more smart, sustainable, inclusive, open and fair societies. They analyse what is needed from Europe to successfully compete in international markets, and how the organisation of the “knowledge sector” (universities and research institutes) influences the behaviour of firms and markets in a globalised world. They evaluate the impacts of innovation, and whether outsourcing or concentration of research and innovation in Europe is the best option in the "global innovation networks". SSH research also contributes to develop new business and social models that are relevant for the delivery of a wide range of services. SSH research furthermore come up with new and innovative ways of measuring intangibles assets like research and development and intellectual property capitals, brand equity, firm training, organisational capital, software and databases.
An Application of National Transfer Accounts for Explaining and Projecting Trends in Public FinancesAugust 2015 521 KB
Forward Looking Tools and Methods for Answering Major Societal ChallengesDecember 2015 930 KB | December 2014 724 KB | October 2013 810 KB
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 480 KB
(Signals, Measurements, Transmission Channels, and Policy Interventions)March 2014 289 KB | February 2016 985 KB |
Investigating working and employment conditions and quality of life in new and growing jobs in EuropeNovember 2012 124 KB