Research into social employment and new growth

The economic and social consequences of the 2008 financial crisis, technological changes and labour market developments have made it difficult for many people to find a new job and to secure stable, quality employment.

Creating growth and jobs are constant aims for the Commission.

Doing this means 

  • finding answers to the challenge of socio-ecologic changes
  • boosting the global competitiveness of European firms 
  • building cooperation and co-creation in socio-economic problems
  • supporting entrepreneurship and social entrepreneurs
  • highlighting the role of the service economy and social innovations
  • promoting the contribution of intangible assets

The role of social sciences and humanities in this area

Social sciences and humanities (SSH) research contributes to these goals by providing knowledge, data, and answers.

SSH research underlines the trends, explains the tensions and paves the way for transitions  to allow the building of more smart, sustainable, inclusive, open and fair societies.

It analyses what is needed from Europe to successfully compete in international markets, and how the organisation of the knowledge sector (universities and research institutes) influences the behaviour of firms and markets in a globalised world.

SSH research evaluates the impacts of innovation, and whether outsourcing or concentration of research and innovation in Europe is the best option in global innovation networks. It also contributes to developing new business and social models, relevant for the delivery of a wide range of services.

SSH research also comes up with new and innovative ways of measuring intangible assets like research and development and intellectual property capitals, brand equity, firm training, organisational capital, software and databases.


ReportFebruary 2018Research and Innovation

Social innovation as a trigger for transformations

The role of research

Boosting jobs

Time to grow

Open the door

Their future is our future

Project policy briefs

SSH research projects publish policy briefs while they are active. Briefs related to culture and citizenship are listed below. 

AGENTA: Ageing Europe
An Application of National Transfer Accounts for Explaining and Projecting Trends in Public Finances

August 2015

Consumer sentiment regarding privacy on user generated content services in the digital economy
November 2013

Enabling the Flourishing and Evolution of Social Entrepreneurship for Innovative and Inclusive Societies
November 2015

European Union Action to fight Environmental Crime

November 2014November 2014

Financialisation, economy, society and sustainable development

November 2016October 2016October 2016 | July 2016July 2016July 2016 | July 2016July 2016June 2016

Forward Looking Driving Change

December 2015December 2014October 2013

Output and productivity growth in the healthcare sector

March 2013February 2013

Social Innovation and Civic Engagement

September 2015February 2015

Multidimensional Impact of the Low-carbon European Strategy on Energy Security, and Socio-Economic Dimension up to 2050 perspective

December 2015March 2015October 2014

Mobilizing Institutional Reforms for Research and Innovation Systems

September 2014

Accessing Oil, Gas and Minerals in a Changing World

January 2013

Social Innovation: Driving Force of Social Change

July 2017June 2017June 2017 | May 2017May 2017May 2017 | May 2017May 2017February 2016 | February 2016February 2016January 2016 | January 2016January 2016January 2016

Strategic Transitions for Youth Labour in Europe

February 2016

Using land-use/transport models for sustainable policy making

November 2013November 2013

Systemic Risk Tomography: Signals, Measurements, Transmission Channels, and Policy Interventions

March 2014February 2016

Third Sector Impact
The impact of the third sector on socio-economic development in Europe

October 2016January 2016

Qualitative case study findings of walqing

November 2012

Welfare, Wealth and Work for Europe
November 2014March 2015August 2015 (1) | August 2015 (2)