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News 12/11/2018

Social convergence in Europe: research seminar

The Social Situation Monitor (SSM) team welcomes researchers, analysts and policy-makers to discuss the issue of social convergence in Europe during a research seminar which will take place at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Brussels, on Monday 26 November (1-5pm).

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Focus of the seminar: social convergence

Whereas the European project has long been described as a ‘convergence machine’, the recent economic crisis has halted convergence in certain dimensions, and triggered divergence in others. This concerns the areas of employment, income and social protection, but also broader outcomes such as working and living conditions. 

The aim of the seminar will be to present and discuss the latest empirical research on social convergence in Europe.


  • Dirk Hofäcker, Professor for Methods of Quantitative Social Research, University of Duisburg-Essen.         
  • Márton Medgyesi, Senior researcher, TARKI Social Research Institute, Budapest
  • Salvador Pérez-Moreno, Associate Professor of Economic Policy, University of Malaga
  • Antonio Savoia, Senior Lecturer in Development Economics, University of Manchester

How to register

You can request a ticket online. Please note that this event has limited capacity. 

There is no deadline for registration but tickets will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

The SSM seminar series

SSM seminars are research seminars. Their aim is to provide a forum to discuss the theoretical, methodological and policy implications of the latest economic and social research. More specifically, SSM seminars aim to inform:

  • The economic and social analysis of the European Commission in general, and the Commission’s Employment and Social Developments in Europe review in particular.
  • The economic and social analysis of the European Commission’s stakeholders.
  • The economic and social policies of the European Commission and its stakeholders.

SSM seminars are primarily intended to:

  • Economists and analysts working in policy-making organisations;
  • Academic researchers;
  • Policy officers with an interest in economic and social analysis.

More information on previous SSM seminars 


Get in touch for more information about the seminar

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