The aim of the Lisbon Strategy is to make Europe 'the most competitive and dynamic knowledge-based economy in the world, capable of sustainable economic growth with more and better jobs and greater social cohesion'. The renewed Lisbon strategy puts special emphasis on the issue of globalisation. Economic growth is a fundamental pillar of the Lisbon agenda and knowledge remains the driving force. Clearly the 'Education - Knowledge - Innovation' triangle needs to be strengthened, and this is one of the objectives of the European Socio-economic Sciences and Humanities (SSH) research programme.
In order to improve both the policy and scientific impact of the research conducted in European SSH programmes, some projects have been brought together in clusters around themes of policy relevance. The intention here is to integrate complementary research outputs, take advantage of synergies, provide a 'critical mass' of results, consolidate findings, and improve confidence and impact on policy as well as on science.
This publication aims at bringing together pertinent findings and policy implications from the cluster of research projects sponsored by the 'Growth, employment and competitiveness in a knowledge society' activity of the SSH research programme 2007-2008. The publication's focus is on the European knowledge society (Lisbon Agenda) but it also covers issues related to policy evaluation and economic governance.
The report describes around 40 research projects in the knowledge economy field that answer the questions set out below.
The cluster of research projects included in this brochure aim at promoting exploitation of results on ongoing SSH research, encourage knowledge cross-fertilisation among European research teams and enlighten EU policy-makers on subjects like the new Lisbon agenda. The research findings of this cluster can build up the process of reviewing emerging and current policy directions for issues such as future EU financial perspectives and the next Research Framework Programme.
About 250 research organisations of the European and international socioeconomic research community are working in this field: there is an average of 7 teams per project, and some teams are involved in different projects. This publication further promotes the exploitation and dissemination findings in the field of 'Growth, employment and competitiveness in a knowledge society'.