The EU's external policies and the role of research

The EU’s external policies, strategies, instruments and missions have 4 key aims

  • support stability
  • promote human rights and democracy 
  • promote prosperity
  • support the enforcement of the rule of law and good governance

These aims will be achieved through a combination of policies, including the

The role of Social Sciences and Humanities(SSH) research

SSH research projects contribute to the evidence base and sound understanding of the external environment that the EU operates in.

They assess the root causes of instability and the connections between security and democracy as well as gender equality, social values and economic conditions in the wider European neighbourhood.

Research also addresses the internal and external dimension of EU human rights policy in general and on the challenges to ensure consistency between the different areas of its external action and internal policies. Social sciences and humanities research furthermore plays an important role in addressing the policy aspects of international cooperation and development policy.


ReportSeptember 2020Research Executive Agency

Diversity, democracy and solidarity in EU societies

The H2020 research projects presented in here share a common goal: helping understand how to create a more cohesive, inclusive and democratic Europe.
ReportJanuary 2017Research and Innovation

Global justice & stability research and innovation projects

EU funded SSH research projects cover several aspects relevant for the EU’s external actions
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Our neighbours

Research and innovation in support of the EU's neighbourhood policy

Project policy Briefs

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

Political and Social Transformations in the Arab World

August 2016 May 2016

Atlantic Future
Towards an Atlantic area?

December 2015December 2014December 2014

Exploring the Security-Democracy Nexus in the Caucasus

October 2015August 2015January 2015

Addressing demand in anti-trafficking efforts and policies

June 2016June 2016June 2016 | June 2016June 2016June 2016 | June 2016

Environmental Governance in Latin America and the Caribbean

July 2015 | January 2013: EnglishEspanol

Justice needs trust

February 2015July 2014

Growth Innovation Competitiveness: Fostering Cohesion in Central and Eastern Europe

June 2015June 2015June 2015

Intra- and Inter-societal Sources of Instability in the Caucasus and EU Opportunities to Respond

April 2016 | January 2016

Maximizing the Integration Capacity of the European Union

June 2016 April 2016 November 2015 | November 2015

Middle East and North Africa Regional Architecture: Mapping Geopolitical Shifts, Regional Order and Domestic Transformations

March 2018

Enhancing Knowledge for Renewed Policies against Poverty

All Policy Briefs

African Rural-City Connections

March 2016January 2016June 2014 | June 2014December 2013

Integration in Southeast Asia

May 2016May 2016March 2016 | March 2016March 2016January 2016November 2014

Sustainable urbanisation in China

September 2013September 2014December 2014February 2015