Global justice and stability

Policy briefs, events and projects related to global justice and stability

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.


Policy Briefs

MENARA - Middle East and North Africa Regional Architecture: Mapping Geopolitical Shifts, Regional Order and Domestic Transformations

March 2018  PDF icon 740 KB

ArabTrans - Political and Social Transformations in the Arab World

August 2016   PDF icon 590 KB | 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
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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

Sorry! The file that should have displayed here, April 2016 (social-sciences/pdf/policy_briefs/issiceu_april_2016.pdf), was not where it should have been so we couldn't display it! | 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

May 2016  PDF icon 191 KB | May 2016  PDF icon 186 KB | March 2016  PDF icon 189 KB
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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