Social Sciences and Humanities

Research and innovation in the fields of social sciences and humanities


14 May 2019

Horizons for Heritage Research - Towards a Cluster on Cultural Heritage

Brussels, 20 March 2019

The REACH Social Platform for participatory approaches and social innovation in culture, with the support of the European Commission Directorate General for Research and Innovation (DG RTD), and Coventry University (REACH Coordinator) organised a stakeholder symposium on the future of heritage research. This happened one year after the launch of the "European Year of Cultural Heritage" and the high-level conference “Innovation & Cultural Heritage” organized by the European Commission. The symposium brought together a broad range of stakeholders: representatives of Horizon2020 funded research projects and infrastructures, heritage and memory organizations and European institutions, as well as of civil society networks, platforms and organizations.

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26 April 2019

New policy review on democracy research published

Policy review: Past, present and future of democracy. Author Prof. Wolfgang Merkel, WZB

The EU’s framework programmes for research and innovation have devoted significant investments towards the study of democracy. This review presents findings from framework programme projects and in general takes stock of European research on the subject matter. It provides a mapping of results, evidence and recommendations, and assesses the needs and pertinent foci for future European research. It aims to build on areas of research where there is already a good deal of knowledge. At the same time, it focuses on those areas where there are gaps in our knowledge about the workings of and present threats to democracy.

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28 February 2019

The new SSH integration report is out

Monitoring the development of SSH as a cross cutting issue is a commitment made under the Horizon 2020 Programme. This fourth Monitoring Report on Integration of SSH across Horizon 2020 shows that on many aspects progress has been made since the start of the programme. However, it also illustrates that more efforts are needed to get the results strived for in this policy area.

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31 October 2018

Delivering open and personalised mobile access to public services for senior citizens

Local governments are more and more using open data to provide public services to their citizens. However, they lack tools on how to involve citizens, especially older citizens, in the design, planning, implementation and evaluation of these initiatives. The EU-funded Mobile Age project, together with older persons, local government and social care service providers, has developed and tested a co-creation methodology and tools in four pilot sites across Europe to improve social inclusion, access to healthcare, and mobility for seniors.

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Complexity science comes to the aid of the humanities

imageEU-funded researchers are applying analytical methods originally devised for problems in statistical physics to understand a range of complex systems from transport networks and electricity grids to quantum computers and even classical mythology.

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