The overarching goal of Flash-it is to contribute to further and future development of evidence-based policy-making coping with Europe 2020’s priorities through effective dissemination of the results already achieved by FP7 funded projects in the Socio-economic Sciences and Humanities theme. That's why the consortium launched its database which contains useful, targeted and categorized information... Access the database
Stimulating transition to a sustainable society is a vital priority of the Europe 2020 growth strategy. But what are the prospects for achieving that transition? And what are the main obstacles standing in our way? Two ambitious new research projects are expected to yield some answers to these compelling questions.
Over the next three years, the EU-INNOVATE1 and GLAMURS2 research consortia will explore the relationships between ecological systems, technology, economics and human behaviours. The joint aim of the projects is to deepen our understanding of these complex relationships and show how that understanding can be leveraged to shape Europe’s trajectory toward more sustainable lifestyles and a greener economy. .... Read more
Harnessing the potential of social innovation has become a priority for European public policy. But before that potential can be systematically exploited, the drivers and dynamics of social innovation must be better understood. The EU-funded TEPSIE research project is helping to fill that knowledge gap. Exploring the theoretical, empirical and policy foundations of social innovation, the TEPSIE consortium has reached out to researchers and policymakers around the world. Among the insights gained through the project’s collaborative efforts to date are those emerging from the recent Social Frontiers conference in London. Organized jointly by NESTA (the UK’s National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts), TEPSIE, Glasgow Caledonian University and the Rockefeller Foundation, the conference transcended national and disciplinary boundaries to facilitate an invigorating exchange of social innovation ideas. .... Read more
An ambitious research project involving 33 partners in 12 European countries is working to strengthen the analytical foundations of the Europe 2020 growth strategy. Launched in 2012, WWWforEurope is producing evidence-based insights into key concerns surrounding employment, social inclusion and public debt. Over the coming months the consortium members are planning to formulate "comprehensive policy measures needed for a new growth path" .. .... Read more
"Social innovation is for the people and with the people. It is about solidarity and responsibility. It is good for society and it enhances society’s capacity to act." --José Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission.
While debates over its definition continue, “social innovation” is gaining prominence in European policy discourses. Used only sparingly when the Europe 2020 Growth Strategy was being formulated, the term now surfaces regularly in discussions about the strategy, especially in connection with the priorities of smart and inclusive growth. Given its emphasis on new ideas for addressing societal needs, many consider social innovation to be deeply embedded in Europe 2020, if only as a quasi-concept... Read more
How can EU Member States manage their relationship with people of diverse faiths more effectively? The EU-funded research project RELIGARE offers valuable guidance. Identifying linkages between legal approaches and social realities, the research points toward workable solutions that can help policymakers balance different, if not conflicting, needs. In light of growing diversification and the loosening of international borders, the researchers argue that traditional ways of regulating the relationship between majority and minority groups may no longer be sufficient. A "sustainable approach to managing diversity", they suggest, would necessitate a more "dynamic engagement with difference" as well as greater engagement with citizens in identifying responses to policy challenges. .... Read more