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2011, EUR 24797, ISBN 978-92-79-19979-0, doi 10.2777/54837, 44 pages

In 2010 the European Union continued to address the challenges of the Europe 2020 Strategy by funding Research and Innovation and implementing the European Research Area. A key element of this was the funding from the 7th Framework Programme for Research (FP7) devoted to Socio-Economic Sciences and Humanities research (SSH). Research which is an important tool enabling the European Commission to analyse the challenges Europe is facing and to support its development of appropriate policy responses. Furthermore the future of Europe is linked to its capacity to integrate science into society and this is supported by the European Commission through the Science in Society (SiS) theme of FP7 with, inter alia, its major efforts at developing the “Fifth Freedom” (i.e. the free movement of knowledge). This report describes the current organisation of SSH and SiS and what happened during 2010 under these headings.

Authors: Angela Schindler-Daniels (DLR, DE), Christina Bitterberg (DLR, DE), Ranjana Sarkar (DLR, DE), Małgorzata Krotki (IPPT-PAN, PL), Larissa Titarenko (BSU, BY) 09/03/2011, 84 pages

Within the context of the EU-funded project NET4SOCIETY a survey-based report entitled: “SSH Experiences with FP7 – a Commentary” was launched in Summer 2010.

The overall learning objective of the SSH commentary is to capture a vivid picture of SSH researchers’ opinions and – if possible – experiences on the general structure of Theme 8 “SSH” and on the integration of SSH aspects in the other nine research Themes of the Cooperation programme.

The SSH commentary was conducted at the midterm stage of FP7 – reflecting four years of experience with FP7. The SSH Commentary is part of a work package in the NET4SOCIETY project, funded by the European Commission. Its objective is to improve the tools of SSH funding and to provide policy-relevant recommendations.

More information on the Net4Society project:

2011, EUR 24740, ISBN 978-92-79-19519-8, doi 10.2777/4609, 140 pages

Intensifying the relationship between the European Union and the countries on the Southern and Eastern shores of the Mediterranean has been a key target since the Barcelona process. This objective has been reinvigorated with the Union for the Mediterranean. The "EuroMed-2030" forward looking report is divided into three parts: the trends, the tensions and the transitions in the Mediterranean area in the next two decades. This "EuroMed-2030" report addresses the trends in the fields of demography and macroeconomics, water and agriculture, energy and climate change, education and science, religion and culture, and geopolitics and governance. Tensions among socio-economic groups, between competing visions of State and reform, between hostile States and between the expectations of Euro-Mediterranean cooperation are identified. Finally, four transitions for the future Euro-Mediterranean relations are presented: managing conflict, win-win projects, deeper economic integration and towards a Euro-Mediterranean Community.

2011, EUR 24651, ISBN 978-92-79-18870-1, doi 10.2777/44703, 44 pages

With the increasing activities of the European Commission aimed at promoting responsible business and advancing Corporate Social Responsibility throughout the private sector, there is a growing need of robust scientific analysis of the phenomenon and its different aspects. This publication summarises the outcomes of a conference ‘Towards a greater understanding of the changing role of business in society’ organised on 22 April 2010 in Brussels by the European Commission, Directorate-General for Research and Innovation. The conference participants discussed a number of topics related to the role business in society including, among others, the challenges of interaction and cooperation between enterprises and their stakeholders, the problem of voluntary codes versus legal frameworks in promoting corporate responsibility in a globalised economy, the need to build new relationship between enterprises and the state, as well as potential contribution of business to millennium Development Goals. In its final section the publication proposes a number of topics which could inspire future research funding.

2011, EUR 24754, ISBN 978-92-79-19667-6, doi 10.2777/49190, 320 pages

The expert group "EuroMed-2030" was established in January 2010, to assess the trends, tensions and scenarios for the Mediterranean area by 2030. The collection of individual contributions first looks at the trends, especially in terms of economic and social transformation, water and environment, political reforms and socio-economic instability factors. Then, it focuses on the tensions in the Mediterranean area ranging from conflict/diplomacy and self reliance/dependency to economic growth/sustainable development and jobs/migration. Thirdly, it introduces proposed transitions (Managing conflict, Engaging in win-win projects, Deeper economic integration and Towards a EuroMed Community) as well as additional insights on the topics of research and innovation, desalination, educational systems, identity and cultural values and gender relations. Finally, the experts' proposals are presented. They deal mostly with EuroMed cooperation in the fields of geopolitics and governance, sustainability, demographic change and economic development, cultural cooperation, education, science and innovation.

2011, EUR 24690, ISBN 978-92-79-19031-5, doi: 10.2777/44819, 103 pages

This cluster synopsis provides an overview of 19 research projects dealing with ‘European pluralism, religions, tolerance and values’. The projects address issues such as the balance between individual and societal needs, notions of respect for otherness, and the role of pluralist societies in responding to increasing levels of diversity. This research will make a significant contribution to creating an evidence base to support policymaking at European, national, regional and local levels. The present publication marks a first step in the process of supporting these projects to meet the policymaking challenges faced by European societies .

  • The Atlantic Geopolitical Space: common opportunities and challenges

    The Atlantic Geopolitical Space: common opportunities and challenges

    2011, Edited by Mark Aspinwall, ISBN: 978-92-79-21628-2, doi: 10.2777/83581, 34 pages, 17.6 x 25 cm

    The relations between the "four pillars" of the Atlantic – Europe, Africa, North America, South America – need further and systematic analysis. Paradoxically, the academic and policy interest on the "rise of the Pacific" has not been paralleled yet with an "Atlantic space" perspective which is key for Europe and its partners in the region.

    The Atlantic region, both North and South, displays strong cultural, political and economic convergence.

    The great majority of the countries have embraced multiparty democracies and market economies. The level of economic interdependence in the region, seen by the rise of the volume in trade, has considerably grown during the last decade. At the same time there are important cleavages and diversities to be considered and managed at the multilateral as well as sub-regional levels.

    Issues discussed at the workshop, by experts from all regions of the Atlantic, included: partnerships between major players; regional integration and Atlantic cooperation; good governance and development; trade, finance and investment; energy and environment; peace building and security challenges.

  • The Future of Banking - PEGGED Project

    The Future of Banking - PEGGED Project

    2011, Edited by Thorsten Beck, ISBN (eBook): 978-1-907142-46-8, 91 pages

    Sovereign risk and banking risk are in reality so dangerously intertwined that no big European bank is now safe from the potential impact of holding bad government debt. This PEGGED book presents a collection of essays that offer solutions to the crisis and proposals for medium- to long-term reforms to the regulatory framework in which financial institutions operate. Amongst them, the authors present the case for a forceful resolution of the Eurozone crisis through the introduction of ‘European Safe Bonds’ (ESBies).

    The authors stress the need for a stronger, European-wide regulatory framework as well as for a European-level resolution authority for systemically important financial institutions (SIFIs), but they also recall that it is also extremely important to ensure that we do not forget the essential role of banks in terms of their vital contribution to the ‘real economy’ and the pivotal role they play as lenders to small- and medium-size enterprises in support of economic growth at local and regional levels.

  • Life in the Eurozone with or without Sovereign Default - PEGGED Project

    Life in the Eurozone with or without Sovereign Default - PEGGED Project

    2011, Editors: Franklin Allen, Elena Carletti, Giancarlo Corsetti, 181 pages

    This timely e-book contains the proceeding of the conference "Life in the Eurozone With or Without Sovereign Default?" organized by the PEGGED project, funded by the SSH Theme of FP7. This e- book addresses thoroughly the issue of Sovereing default, notably the case of Greece, and its political consequences for the Euro-zone, for the banking systems and for tax-payers. The books present very different perspectives and possible actions, and most suggest that debt restructuring is inevitable. As highlighted by Josep Borrell Fontelles - former president of the European Parliament - the main contribution of this e-book is that it discusses what such a restructuring could look like. It should be kept in mind, as indicated by Mitu Gulati, that "Greece is almost in a better position than any other country in recent memory to do a restructuring."

    Crime and Deviance in the EU – Key findings from EU funded social sciences and humanities research projects

    2011, EUR 24858 EN, ISBN 978-92-79-20494-4, doi: 10.2777/63953, 32 pages

    In a changing European political landscape, where borders have progressively been erased and people’s mobility has become a reality, crime is a fully-fledged European phenomenon, which needs to be analysed from a European and interdisciplinary perspective, within the umbrella of Socio-economic and Humanities disciplines.

    The European Commission has funded several research projects in the field of Crime and Deviance, through the Socio-Economic Sciences and Humanities Programme, within the 6th and 7th Framework programme for Research and Technological Development.

    This policy review summarises main findings of those projects, with the aim of providing a useful tool for policy makers, practitioners as well as researchers in the field of crime and deviance.

  • Databases from socio-economic research projects for policymaking

    Databases from socio-economic research projects for policymaking

    2011, EUR 24822, ISBN 978-92-79-20296-4, doi 10.2777/58320, 60 pages

    Socio-economic research leads to a better understanding and measurement of the economic, social and environmental impact of government policies.

    It relies on statistical data series coming from surveys and other structured sets of data. This publication presents an overview of the socio-economic research funded from FP. It shows that for each dimension of the Europe 2020 Strategy and the Innovation Union partnership research has been carried out looking at, measuring and supporting decision making.

    The material presented in this publication allow the reader not only to access the quantitative data which underpin the strategies adopted by Europe but at one and the same time inform the reader about these projects and the teams working on them.

  • Science, economy and society - Highlights 2010

    European forward-looking activities: Building the future of Innovation Union and ERA

    This publication presents a synthesis of European and national forward-looking exercises in the fields of science, technology and innovation. It answers to the two following questions: "What recent national forward-looking activities tell us on the future of science and technology?" and "What EU forward-looking activities tell us about societal challenges that need to be addressed by EU research and innovation?".

    This publication provides a fresh insight on the main current trends and expected perspectives on the European Research Area and Innovation Union including citizens’ visions about science and technology.

  • On 20 July 2010, three calls for proposals addressing the Socio-economic Sciences and Humanities were published within the Work Programme 2011.

    The Socio-economic Sciences and Humanities (SSH) Work Programme 2011, with a total budget of 76 million euro, was officially published on 20 July 2010 containing three Calls for Proposals.
    Deadline for receipt of the proposals was 2 February 2011.

    285 proposals have been submitted for all 3 Calls for Proposals. Expert evaluators have been chosen by enforcing strict selection criteria (scientific expertise, non-conflict of interest, geographical balance, gender, rotation). The remote evaluation of the eligible proposals will take place in April 2011 and the consensus meetings in Brussels in May 2011.

    All call information is accessible on the dedicated CORDIS website.

    Please note that you can use CORDIS e-mail notification service to be notified by e-mail each time a call relevant to your area of expertise is published.

  • Science, economy and society - Highlights 2010

    Science, economy and society - Highlights 2010

  • Science, economy and society - Highlights 2010

    SSH experiences with FP7 – A commentary "NET4SOCIETY survey report"

  • Synopsis

    EuroMed-2030 - Long term challenges for the Mediterranean area. Report of an Expert Group

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    Towards a greater understanding of the changing role of business in society

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    EuroMed-2030 - Collection of individual contributions of the experts

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    Pluralism and religious diversity, social cohesion and integration in Europe - insights from European research

More highlights


Funding 'Socio-economic sciences and the humanities' (SSH) will contribute to an in-depth, shared understanding of the complex and interrelated socio economic challenges confronting Europe.

Why is it important?

Research in this theme will help us study and provide answers to questions related to:

  • growth, employment and competitiveness;
  • social cohesion, social, cultural and educational challenges in an enlarged EU;
  • sustainability, environmental challenges, demographic change, migration and integration, quality of life and global interdependence.

What will be funded?

Emphasis will be given to the following areas:

  • Growth, employment and competitiveness in a knowledge society
  • Combining economic, social and environmental objectives in a European perspective
  • Major trends in society and their implications
  • Europe in the world (covering a.o. migration, poverty, crime and conflict)
  • The citizen in the European Union
  • Socio-economic and scientific indicators
  • Foresight activities, such as the future implications of global knowledge, migration and ageing.


More than € 610 million is foreseen for funding this theme over the duration of FP7.

Previous relevant European research

See also SSH on the DG Research web service

Last updated on: 2012-06-08