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Ongoing Research in SSH

Since the start of the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) in 2007, the European Commission has already chosen to support approximately 100 projects in the area of socio-economic sciences and humanities (SSH). The documents highlighted below provide an overview of the projects selected for funding, as categorised in the following three clusters.

  1. Research on Growth, Employment and Competitiveness in a Knowledge Society

    This publication( 1.8MB) describes EU projects stemming, in the main, from the activity entitled "Growth, Employment and Competitiveness in a Knowledge Society" of the Socio-economic Sciences and Humanities (SSH) Programme. Its focus is on the European knowledge society (Lisbon Agenda) but it also covers issues related to policy evaluation and economic governance. The projects included in this brochure aim at answering the following questions.
    • How is success achieved in the age of globalisation?
    • What are the impacts of research and innovation on growth and employment?
    • How does internationalisation affect the localisation of knowledge-intensive activities of firms?
    • What is the overall importance of the service industries in stimulating European growth?
    • How can intangible assets be measured?
    • What is the optimal public spending distribution?
    • How is "entrepreneurship" evolving in Europe?
  2. Research on the European Union Socio-economic Research Dynamics

    Sustainable development and territorial dynamics are at the crossroads of social, economic and environmental dimensions. They are both key issues at the EU level, as they directly relate to Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), cohesion policy and structural funds. They also provide input for European "impact assessment", and allow for the identification of societal model changes and paradigm shifts in the fields of energy, environment, transport, and land use. The EU efforts in socio-economic sciences and humanities research under the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) should bring new knowledge, new data and new tools, which in turn, should drive Europe forward into a more sustainable and cohesive trajectory.
    An overview of the projects funded until end August 2008 is available( 1.5MB).
  3. Research on Social Trends - Demography, Migration, Cohesion and Integration

    What are the key policy questions in Europe that researchers are addressing under the Socio-economic Sciences and Humanities Programme of the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7)? This publication( 1.5MB) highlights the following themes as among the most frequent: ageing population, determinants of birth rates in Europe, migrations both inside and outside the European Union, gender and cultural interactions, social exclusion factors, integration of the homeless and immigrants, and development of new indicators.