The workshops entitled "Sustainable Urban Dynamics" (March 28th, 2014) and "Building Inclusive Societies in Times of Crisis: Evidence and Future Research Needs" (October 24th, 2013) already took place. We publish summary and conclusions for each workshops. Click here :
Rome, october 17th 2014
Aula Marconi, CNR, Piazzale Aldo Moro 7
Organized by the Reflective Societies Unit of the European Commission's DG Research and Innovation in cooperation with FLASH-IT and APRE.
The workshop on “reflective societies” - Bridge over troubled waters? The link between European historical heritage and the future of European integration - revolves around the problematic of the interconnectedness of the past, present and the future in the current European societies. It initiates a discussion about the potential meaning of “reflective societies” as societal challenge for current European societies in general and for setting the European research agenda under Horizon 2020 in particular.
The workshop brings together specialists of history, cultural heritage and identity studies (fields that cover a large and intimately related part of the research area under "reflective societies" as defined by the H2020 Research Framework Programme) and policy makers and managers from the European Commission and national funding bodies.
The results of the workshop will contribute to define future research topics on European history, heritage and identities that will respond to the needs of contemporary European societies and that will reinvigorate the link between interpretations of the past and the willingness to share common European objectives.
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A global actor in search of a strategy: European Union foreign policy between multilateralism and bilateralism
2014 marks, in many respects, a transitional year for the European Union. It is therefore a good moment to engage in stock-taking of the achievements of past years, while turning toward the future. The present Policy Review strives to achieve precisely this with regard to EU foreign policy. It discusses the advances in European Union bilateral and multilateral activities beyond the Union’s immediate neighbourhood, while highlighting the remaining challenges that the EU faces when engaging on the global scene. To discuss the EU’s role as a global actor, it draws on the key findings of eight major research projects conducted in the area of Social Sciences and Humanities and financed under the Sixth and Seventh Framework Programmes for Research.
Social inequalities have increased through the current economic crisis and they pose a considerable threat to social cohesion. Rising unemployment, particularly affecting the young generation, unequal access to education and health care, increasing poverty are some of the elements, among others, that will have far-reaching consequences on society wellbeing. The phenomenon of inequalities raises tough questions on how our political systems at national and European level are able to reduce inequalities and improve social cohesion according to a European Social Model. Several research projects, funded under the Social Sciences and Humanities theme of the 7th Framework Programme have deepened this analysis highlighting the need for further debate and policies tackling the roots of inequalities.
Whatever we think about it, it is clear that surveillance has increased – it is hard to ignore as the topic frequently hits the headlines. But does it matter? The EU-funded IRISS project is intent on finding out. The team is looking at whether surveillance changes our behaviour, and how it impacts our basic rights. The conclusions will be presented to policymakers, together with recommendations.
"Every day there is a new surveillance gadget, in addition to the numerous programmes already gathering data on us. We are sleepwalking into a surveillance society," claims IRISS coordinator Reinhard Kreissl of Austria’s Institute for the Sociology of Law and Criminology. He wants to know what effect this surveillance has on how we live our lives, and levels of trust.
The IRISS team has been looking into the legal, social and technical aspects of surveillance, investigating awareness and reactions through case studies and interviews. And whereas talk of surveillance usually focuses on state security, the project is also looking at data collection by the private sector – for example by social media outlets, online vendors and search engines.
Social Inequalities and Inclusive Growth in Europe 2020 "While GDP and wealth have continued to increase overall, inequality has risen in Europe – as in other developed countries – since the mid-1980s. There are now wide inequalities in the distribution of income in the EU."
Today, with the effects of the financial crisis still lingering, Europe faces a monumental challenge in its effort to tackle social inequalities. Persistent and growing gaps in income distribution provide a potent reminder of that challenge... Read more
A new transatlantic survey shows elites in Europe and the US have convergent views on global issues, yet important differences remain. Economic priorities are only partially aligned, and business leaders on both sides of the Atlantic see the world rather differently than their counterparts in politics, media and academia. Carried out as part of the EU-funded TRANSWORLD project , the Transatlantic Elites Survey pools data from interviews with over 2,000 leaders representing various sectors in seven countries. The survey confirms a large degree of like-mindedness among elites in the EU and US. However, it also shows attitudes diverge on important details that could have far-reaching implications. .... Read more
An inclusive identity is needed to foster social cohesion in a highly diverse
Europe. As cultural institutions, museums have a vital role to play in building
such an identity. With this in mind, EU-funded researchers are putting forth
recommendations on how museums can address the needs of a
heterogeneous society and help create a more "progressive sense of
belonging". Seeing migration as Europe’s defining paradigm, the MeLa2 consortium is examining how museums respond to the challenges posed by intensive migration flows. .... Read more
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