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Research projects in progress

Connect-EU Social Sciences and Humanities

The Connect-EU Group is based in Catalonia (Spain) and was created in 2010 with the support of the Catalan regional government.  This interdisciplinary team is specialised in the social sciences and humanities in the broadest sense and it is constituted by researchers and managers from different Catalan institutions involved in and very much committed to research in SSH in a European environment. Its purpose is to promote Catalan R&D in this field across all disciplines at a European level.  It thus aims to become a strategic forecasting instrument in the definition of Catalonia’s strategy on European programmes. It has therefore two goals:

1. Playing a more important role in the decision making about the content and other aspects of the European Framework Programme in Spain and Europe;

2. Facilitating and promoting the participation of Catalan scholars in future European projects as Facilitating and promoting the participation of Catalan scholars in future European projects as leaders and partners of research consortia.

During 2011 the group has contributed to the public consultation on the Green Paper: From challenges to Opportunities: Towards a Common Strategic Framework for UE Research and Innovation funding and has also participated in the public consultation about the European Research Area (ERA) organised by the European Commission.

The consortium is made up by the following members:

Centre d'Estudis Demogràfics (CED)

Fundació Centre d'Informació i Documentació Internacional de Barcelona (CIDOB)

Fundació Centre d'Iniciatives i Recerques Europees a la Mediterrània (CIREM)

Institut d'Estudis Internacionals de Barcelona (IBEI)

Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB)

Universitat de Barcelona (UB)

Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF)

 

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

Starting date: 1/01/2011

Duration of project: 40 months

7th Framework Programme. Local welfare systems favouring social cohesion

Abstract:  The aim of this project is to analyse how local welfare provision affects the labour market participation of women, and how female employment in turn affects the life-course (of women and men), structures of inequality, social cohesion and hence the sustainability of the European social model. Two types of welfare provision have been singled out to be of major importance for female employment: care (both for children and elderly care) and human capital investments (vocational training and life-long learning). The coverage and quality of services, the welfare mix (public, private and in between), partnerships, and governance structures most favourable for the employment of women and social cohesion will be identified based on a comparison of eleven cities in eleven European countries. The project will analyse the political autonomy of local political actors vis-à-vis national and EU policy making, including culture as an important explanatory variable. Culture is included in two dimensions: First, women’s disposition to participate on the labour market is seen as culturally embedded, while cultural ideals and values play an important role in how policies are perceived and rendered practically useful by women (thus definitions of ‘the good mother’ vary socially and geographically, whereby some mothers, for instance, would prefer not to use day-care facilities but instead take care of their children themselves). Second, local cultural values and belief systems condition creativity among political actors and stakeholders, and thus impact on local policies, which may divert from national or international intentions. The project will thus provide a basis for understanding how culture may constrain the transferability of best practices from one country/locality to another. Overall this project will pave the way for evidence based urban policy recommendations for local welfare system improvement in order to enhance economic growth, female employment and social cohesion.

Participants

1 AALBORG UNIVERSITET AAU Denmark

2 UNIVERSITAET HAMBURG UHAM Germany

3 UNIVERSITAT AUTONOMA DE BARCELONA UAB Spain

4 JYVASKYLAN YLIOPISTO JYU Finland

5 THE PROVOST FELLOWS & SCHOLARS OF THE COLLEGE OF THE

HOLY AND UNDIVIDED TRINITY OF QUEEN ELIZABETH NEAR DUBLIN TCD Ireland

6 Masarykova univerzita MU Czech Republic

7 KOZEP-EUROPAI EGYETEM CEU Hungary

8 POLITECNICO DI MILANO POLIMI Italy

9 TARTU ULIKOOL UT Estonia

10 UNIVERSITY OF LEEDS UL United Kingdom

11 Maison des Sciences de l'Homme Ange-Guépin MSHG France

12 DANSK RODE KORS (DANISH RED CROSS) DRC Denmark

 

International network on Leave Policies and Research

 

Beginning date: 2004 - in progress

 

Abstract: The Leave Policies and Research (LPR) network focuses on employment-related policies intended to support parents and others with care responsibilities (e.g. adult relatives), including: maternity, paternity and parental leave; leave to care for sick or disabled relatives; and entitlements to work reduced hours. However, it also covers options available to the whole population to improve the work-life balance, such as 'career breaks' and 'time accounts'.

The network is composed of 40 researchers from 23 countries - mostly from Europe, but also some from Australia, Canada and the United States-, who share knowledge of leave policies and research into this field. The network was established at a seminar held in Brussels in October 2004, organised jointly by the Flemish Government's Centrum voor Bevolkings en Gezinsstudie (CBGS - Population and Family Study Centre), and the Thomas Coram Research Unit (TCRU) at the Institute of Education, University of London. It is built on earlier collaborative trans-national work that began in 1986. The basic activity of the network is an annual seminar, organised by the members of the network (Brussels 2004, London 2005, Lisbon 2006, Budapest 2007), and the publication of an annual review of leave policies and research in the countries represented in the network. Publications and research findings can be found at the LPR network website, hosted by the Danish Institute of Social Research.

 

Participants

 

As of July 2007, there are network members from the following countries and institutions (members' e-mail addresses and links can be found at the LPR website):

 

1. Australia: Australian Institute of Family Studies, Melbourne; School of Political Science and International Studies, University of Queensland

2. Austria: Österreichisches Institut für Familienforschung, Vienna

3. Belgium: Centrum voor Bevolkings en Gezinsstudie (Population and Family Study Centre), Brussels; Unité d'Anthropologie et de Sociologie (ANSO), Université Catholique de Louvain

4. Canada: Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Carleton University, Toronto; Télé-université, Université du Québec à Montréal

5. Czech Republic: Department of Demography and Geodemography, Faculty of Science, Charles University, Prague

6. Denmark: Danish National Institute of Social Research, Copenhagen

7. Estonia: Department of Sociology and Social Policy, University of Tartu; Department of Social Security, Ministry of Social Affairs

8. Finland: Childhood and Family Unit, STAKES (National Research and Development Centre for Welfare and Health), Helsinki; KELA (Social Insurance Institution), Helsinki

9. France: CNRS MATISSE, University of Paris 1, Centre d'Economie de la Sorbonne

10. Germany: Anakonde GbR, Kronach, Bavaria; European Strategy Development, Familienservice GmBH

11. Greece: Institute of Social Protection and Solidarity, Athens

12. Hungary: National Centre for Family and Social Policy, Budapest

13. Iceland: Department of Sociology and Gender Studies, University of Iceland, Reykjavik

14. Ireland: Department of Statistics/Centre for Gender and Women's Studies, Trinity College Dublin

15. Italy: Social Psychology Department, Faculty of Education, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia

16. The Netherlands: Policy Advisor on Work and Care, Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment, The Hague

17. Norway: Department of Sociology and Political Science, NTNU (Norwegian University of Science and Technology, University of Trondheim

18. Portugal: Institute for Social Sciences, University of Lisbon

19. Slovenia: Institute for Economic Research, Ljubljana

20. Spain: Department of Sociology, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona

21. Sweden: Department of Technology and Society, Skövde University; Indiana University-Indianapolis; Department of Psychology, Göteborg University

22. United Kingdom: Thomas Coram Research Unit, Institute of Education University of London; School of Social Work and Psychosocial Sciences, University of East Anglia, Norwich

23. United States: Institute for Child and Family Policy, Columbia University, New York

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