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EU Social Platforms: A review on an experiment in collaborative research design.
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The goal of the present review of four social platforms financed
by the European Union's research budget (between 2007 and 2013)
is to facilitate decision making on the future use of such platforms in
new multi-annual research framework programmes of the European
Union (Horizon 2020).
The platforms are a new way of bringing together researchers and
stakeholders from civil society to work on urgent and complex socio-
economic (policy) issues in a participatory manner.
The four distinct topics dealt with by the social platforms were:
1- Cities and Social Cohesion (SOCIALPOLIS)
2- Families and Family Policies (FAMILYPLATFORM)
3- Sustainable Lifestyles 2050 (SPREAD)
4- Innovative social services (INNOSERV)
Social innovation research in the European Union: Approaches, findings and future directions
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‘Buzzword’ or ‘Concept’? ‘Solution’ or ‘Tool’? ‘Sustainable’ or ‘Elusive’?
Although social innovations pop up in many areas and policies and in
many disguises, and social innovation is researched from a number of
theoretical and methodological angles, the conditions under which social
innovations develop, fl ourish and sustain and fi nally lead to societal
change are not yet fully understood both in political and academic
circles. However, in particular in the current times of social, political and
economic crisis, social innovation has evoked many hopes and further
triggered academic and political debates.
In the framework of FP5, FP6 and FP7, the Socio-economic Sciences and
Humanities Programme has funded a substantial body of research on
issues related to social innovation. This policy review, written by Jane
Jenson and Denis Harrisson, has produced a systematic overview of
research fi ndings 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. The report makes substantial recommendations
for future research practices on social innovation, including in HORIZON
Adult and continuing education in Europe: Using public policy to secure a growth in skills
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Adult and continuing education has the dual function of contributing to employability and economic growth, on the one hand, and responding to
broader societal challenges, in particular promoting social cohesion, on the other. Companies and families support important investments that have, to
date, ensured important growth in both skills and the ability of the European population to innovate. Thanks to this commitment, Europe today has a
wealth of organisations specialising in adult and continuing education. The sector has grown in importance, both as a increasingly significant player
in the economy and in view of its capacity to respond to the demand for learning by the knowledge economy. As this book shows, adult and
continuing education has a critical role to play in ensuring Europe copes with the phenomenon of education exclusion, which, repeated year after year,
generation after generation, undermines social cohesion and the growth of employment. Public policies must respond to two strategic challenges: to
encourage the propensity to invest in adult and continuing education and to guarantee the reduction of educational exclusion.
Co-creating European Union Citizenship: Policy review
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2013 has been designated the “European Year of Citizens”. It marks the twentieth anniversary of the entry into force of the Maastricht Treaty, which first introduced European Union citizenship. In the midst of a major socio-economic crisis, accompanied by solid trends of declining support for the European Union and the resurgence of nationalisms in many EU member states, EU citizenship offers a countermodel capable of reinforcing
citizens’ resilience and their feeling of belonging to a community of
Europeans. Yet, while the citizenship status promises an important set of
rights and opportunities for all EU citizens, challenges continue to persist.
This Policy Review critically discusses the advances in the “co-creation” of
European Union citizenship over the past twenty years, while highlighting
the manifold remaining obstacles to the exercise of citizenship rights
in the EU. It draws on the key research findings of fifteen EU-funded
Social Sciences and Humanities research projects with a bearing for
understanding the genesis and evolution of EU citizenship. On the basis of
a sound synthesis of these findings, the Review formulates a set of policy
implications highlighting, among others, the need to involve citizens to
a larger extent in EU policy-making and to reinforce the social dimension
of EU citizenship.
Joint database on intangibles for European policymaking: Data from Innodrive, Coinvest and The Conference Board
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A harmonised database on investment in intangibles has been created and made accessible online, thanks to the eff ort of two EU-funded research projects (Coinvest and Innodrive) and The Conference Board. This publication presents the proceedings of the conference where the joint database was announced.
The database, which covers the 27 Member States of the European Union, Norway and the United States, will improve research productivity in the field of intangibles, contributing to informed policymaking.
Scientific evidence for policy-making: Research insights from socio-economic sciences and humanities
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This publication compiles a set of short policy papers developed by the EU-funded project SCOOP (2009-2012), aimed at strengthening the links between research and policy making in Europe.
The collected papers summarise the findings of EU-funded research projects in the field of Social Sciences, formulating research results in a way that targets policy makers, civil society organisations, business and the media.
Presented in reverse chronological order, the papers address key challenges regarding the social, economic, political and cultural make-up of Europe. The subjects covered are:
- Growth, employment and competitiveness in a knowledge society;
- Combining economic, social and environmental objectives in a European perspective;
- Major trends in society and their implications;
- Europe in the world;
- The citizen in the European Union;
- Socio-economic and scientific indicators;
- Strategic activities.
Research on social innovation: Inventory of projects funded under the EU Research Framework Programmes
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The FP7 Socio-economic Sciences and Humanities Programme has published an updated inventory of social innovation research projects funded under Framework Programmes 5, 6 and 7. The inventory now includes projects that started in 2013. It provides short descriptions of the projects, including information on the coordinating institutions and the websites (if available).
Welfare and Values in Europe: Transitions related to Religion, Minorities and Gender. Eastern Europe: Latvia, Poland, Croatia, Romania
Edited by Anders Bäckström; Published 2012 by CRS; ISBN 978-91-554-8545-0; 340 pages
This book is the third in the series of three from the research project Welfare
and Values in Europe: Transitions Related to Religion, Minorities and
Gender, WaVE for short. The WaVE-project responded to a call by the
European Commission’s 6th Framework Programme for research on ‘values
and religions in Europe’. The call invited studies aiming ‘to better
understand the significance and impact of values and religions in societies
across Europe and their roles in relation to changes in society and to the
emergence of European identities’.
The Commission sought an exploration
of how religion is used as a factor in solidarity or discrimination, tolerance
or intolerance and inclusiveness or xenophobia. It was looking for insight on
ways to ensure the peaceful coexistence of different value systems through a
comparison of various policies and practices employed in European
countries, and through a consideration of their relative degrees of success. It
was the positive response by the European Commission to our proposal in
2005 that enabled the European research group to carry out this project
successfully. The project ended formally in March 2009 with an
international conference at Uppsala University; the work on these volumes
has been completed since then.
- More information on WAVE project
Social inclusion of youth on the margins of society - Policy review of research results
If Europe wants to realise its full potential and provide jobs to 75 % of its working population it needs to use the talents and skills of all its citizens, in particular young people. The policy review 'Social inclusion of youth on the margins of society' looks into the lives and aspirations of young people who face severe or multiple forms of social exclusion, such as young migrants, young Roma, long-term unemployed, homeless youth and young people in public care. It analyses the causes and processes of their exclusion and focuses on policy solutions to break the individual and social glass-ceiling. This policy review summarises the evidence of a cluster of five youth-oriented research projects launched in 2008 and broadens the evidence basis for stimulating inclusive growth in the context of the Europe 2020 strategy and its flagship initiatives 'Youth on the move' and the 'European Platform against Poverty and Social Exclusion'.