Reversing Inequalities

Policy briefs, publications and projects related to reversing inequalities

Tackling inequalities is a political imperative for the European Commission, and President Juncker has placed it high on his political agenda. This is underlined by his commitment to create a Europe with a 'Triple-A Social Rating' and to strengthen the European Social Model through a pillar of social rights.

Inequalities have increased in the last three decades. Combined effects of globalisation, technological changes and tax reforms have led to greater income and wealth disparities - a situation which has been compounded by the economic crisis.

Scientific evidence shows that higher levels of inequality are not conducive to economic growth, can have negative implications for macroeconomic stability, and can potentially lead to higher social conflict. For example, while reasons behind radicalisation trends are multifarious and complex, they include growing inequalities and the absence of concrete life perspectives for younger populations in Europe. Rising inequalities also impact negatively on democratic, social and political participation and inclusion. The goal of reducing inequality includes addressing inequalities in the education system.

Social Sciences and Humanities research inform and feed into policy making at European level.


Policy Briefs

AGENTA: Ageing Europe: An application of National Transfer Accounts (NTA) for explaining and projecting trends in public finances

May 2016  PDF icon 221 KB | July 2016  PDF icon 540 KB


ASSPRO CEE 2007 - The price of a childbirth

April 2013  PDF icon 169 KB | February 2013  PDF icon 145 KB


CITISPYCE - Combating Inequalities Through Innovative Social Practices of and for Young people in Cities across Europe

Young people coping with inequalities - between fatalism, frustration and innovation

June 2015  PDF icon 713 KB


COCOPS - Trends and impact of public administration reforms in Europe

Citizen-centred reforms offer the best route to success. The findings of the FP7 funded project CoCops clearly point towards this conclusion.

September 2014  PDF icon 441 KB | November 2013  PDF icon 687 KB


COPE – Public services and the combat against poverty

The role of public services in reducing poverty and social exclusion is paramount. In order to achieve these goals however, and to cater to the needs of those afflicted, greater efforts towards the integration and better coordination of services are necessary.

January 2015  PDF icon 959 KB


DISCIT - Making persons with disabilities full citizens

Executive Summary  PDF icon 144 KB | May 2016  PDF icon 198 KB | September 2015  PDF icon 316 KB | December 2014  PDF icon 200 KB | September 2014  PDF icon 274 KB | September 2014  PDF icon 191 KB | September 2014  PDF icon 234 KB


ELDIA - European language diversity for all

August 2013  PDF icon 1.2 MB


FLOWS - Impact of local welfare systems on female labour force participation and social cohesion

How local welfare provision affects the labour market participation of women, and how female employment affects social cohesion

April 2014  PDF icon 483 KB | April 2014  PDF icon 502 KB | February 2013  PDF icon 437 KB


GOETE - Governance of educational trajectories in Europe

May 2013  PDF icon 515 KB


IMPROVE - Poverty Reduction in Europe: Social policy and innovation

November 2015  PDF icon 510 KB


INSPIRES - Innovative Social Policies for Inclusive and Resilient Labour Markets in Europe

August 2015  PDF icon 694 KB


LLLight’in’Europe - LifeLong / Learning / Innovation /Growth & Human Capital / Tracks in Europe

October 2015  PDF icon 488 KB


LOCALISE - How the governance of employment systems affects social cohesion.

The FP7 project LOCALISE (July 2011 - June 2014) researched how active inclusion measures (combining employment services with ‘flanking’ social services) are organised in practice in six European countries: France, Germany, Italy, Poland, Sweden and the UK.

July 2014  PDF icon 526 KB


MYPLACE - Memory, Youth, Political Legacy and Civic Engagement (European Summary Brief)

How young people’s social participation is shaped by the shadows - past, present and future - of totalitarianism and populism in Europe.

July 2015  PDF icon 719 KB | February 2013  PDF icon 654 KB


NEGOTIATE - Overcoming early job-insecurity in Europe

May 2016  PDF icon 503 KB


POCARIM - Mapping the Population Careers, Mobilities and Impacts of Advanced Research Degree Graduates in Social Sciences and Humanities

December 2014 (1)  PDF icon 716 KB | December 2014 (2)  PDF icon 781 KB
December 2014 (3)  PDF icon 667 KB | December 2014 (4)  PDF icon 780 KB
December 2014 (5)  PDF icon 655 KB | December 2014 (6)  PDF icon 848 KB - Reducing Early School Leaving in Europe

November 2017  PDF icon 259 KB


SEFORÏS - Social Entrepreneurship as a Force for more Inclusive and Innovative Societies

April 2017 (1)  PDF icon 587 KB | April 2017 (2)  PDF icon 1.1 MB


SocIEtY - Empowering the Young for the Common Good

December 2014  PDF icon 196 KB |


TENLAW - Tenancy law and housing policy in the EU

September 2015  PDF icon 664 KB


WILCO - Welfare Innovations at the Local level in favour of Cohesion

March 2014  PDF icon 203 KB


YOUNG_ADULLLT - Policies Supporting Young People in their Life Course

A Comparative Perspective of Lifelong Learning and Inclusion in Education and Work in Europe

June 2017  PDF icon 323 KB