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CONTENT - Issue 3 | 2nd quarter 2005

Editorial
The publication of the Commission’s Proposal for FrameworkProgramme 7 (FP7) on 6 April 2005 is a significant milestonein the overall process leading to the final decision on FP7 bythe European Parliament and Council of Ministers. TheCommission proposal establishes the basic pri nciples andidentifies the priorities for future research, which will befurther developed in the months ahead in the form of specificprogrammes.

Theme of this issue

Social Sciences and Humanities in FP7

Interview with Director-General Mitsos on the future of EU research

The Seventh Framework Programme will ensure continuity with the past, but will also be highly innovative due to the creation of the European Research Council. For the first time, the scientific community itself will set the priorities for European-funded fundamental research in relation to SSH. FP7 will also aim for more flexibility and simplification. Greater effort will be put into making research results more visible, through an increase in dialogue. The main challenge for SSH at European level is to demonstrate that it can contribute to the well-being of our society and to competitiveness, on an equal basis with other scientific disciplines and with clear European added value.

Highlights

  • Conference: 'Social sciences and humanities in Europe: New challenges, new opportunities', Brussels,12-13 December 2005: what strategy does Europe need for social sciences and humanities?
  • 409 proposals received for Priority 7 last calls: evaluation results due in late autumn 2005
  • More than 400 participants were connected up during the web-streaming information day and around 2 000 consulted it afterwards
  • Priority 7 call for tenders on indicators in SSH: closing date 10 June 2005

News from EU research projects on SSH
Political extremism appeal linked to changing work conditions

Economic uncertainty and growing job insecurity are a breeding ground for prejudice, say results from the SIREN research project. It brought together two separate research fields: working life, labour market developments and social security, and analysing political orientations and right-wing populism and extremism. This project set out to see how experiences in working life influenced political orientation, and to what extent social decline and precarious living conditions were contributing to the rise of right-wing populism and extremism. Numerous political commentators have made this link but there has been no data to prove this hypothesis. Now, the EU's SIREN project has provided the evidence.

  1. Children in communication about migration (CHICAM project)
  2. Constructing understandings of homeless populations (CUHP project)
  3. Socio-economic change, individual reactions and the appeal of the extreme right - (SIREN project)
  4. Labour inclusion of the Roma in Europe (Workaló Project)
  5. EU KLEMS 2003: Industry-level productivity analysis in the European Union: a comparative analysis - (EU KLEMS2003 project)
  6. Transitions: negotiating motherhood and fatherhood and work-family boundaries in the context of labour market and workplace change - (Transitions project)

Recent books from projects

  • Democracy in the European Union
    The process of European integration has given rise to concerns that transfers of power to European institutions produce a democratic 'deficit'.
  • The Oxford Handbook of Innovation
    Innovation is a prerequisite for sustained economic growth and social progress. As understanding of the process deepens, policy responses become more diverse.
  • Building the European Research Area
    What are the effects of EU-supported social science research on the structure of the European social science research community?
  • Ideas and welfare state reform in Western Europe
    Are new social policies meeting the demands of globalisation, the ageing of the population and economic pressures?
  • The future of Europe's rural peripheries
    Entrepreneurial ventures and the transfer of new technology are stimulating economic development in rural areas.

Future eventsRecent events

Publications

Projects’ cluster review
Gaining new perspectives on the role of learning
Under the Fourth and Fifth Framework Programmes (FP4 andFP5), the European Commission supported a significantnumber of research projects, thematic networks and projectclusters that address a wide range of education and training-related issues. The total EU contribution to these projectsexceeded €50 million. These collaborative endeavours – someof them still in progress - have produced important insightsfor policy formulation and have laid the foundations forsignificant research co-operation across Europe.

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