The EU’s external policies, strategies, instruments and missions have four key aims: To support stability, to promote human rights and democracy, to promote prosperity, and to support the enforcement of the rule of law and good governance. This is sought obtained through a combination of policies, including the Common Foreign & Security Policy, the Common Security and Defence Policy, the European Neighbourhood Policy, trade policies and development policies.
Social Sciences and Humanities research projects contribute to the evidence base and sound understanding of the external environment that the EU operates in. Current research projects assess the root causes of instability and the connections between security and democracy as well as gender equality, social values and economic conditions in the wider European neighbourhood. Research also addresses the internal and external dimension of EU human rights policy in general and on the challenges to ensure consistency between the different areas of its external action and internal policies. Social sciences and humanities research furthermore plays an important role in addressing the policy aspects of international cooperation and development policy.
Mapping trends, perspectives and interregional dynamics between Europe, Africa and the AmericasDecember 2015 425 KB | December 2014 634 KB | December 2014 1.2 MB
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 221 KB | January 2013: English 524 KB | Espanol 563 KB
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 386 KB | July 2014 743 KB
Trajectories of Inclusion, Dynamics of ExclusionMay 2016 191 KB | May 2016 186 KB | March 2016 189 KB
Historical and Comparative Perspectives, Mega-trends towards 2050. URBACHINA research focused on four themes:
A selection of the most policy-relevant results from the four research areas is presented in the Policy Briefs.September 2013 822 KB | September 2014 718 KB | December 2014 641 KB | February 2015 1.8 MB