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Scientific evidence for policy-making

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Research insights from Socio-economic Sciences and Humanities

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Scientific evidence for policy-making Research insights from Socio-economic Sciences and Humanities


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Overview The SCOOP project (2009-2012), funded under the European Union’s 7th Framework Programme, and for which Louisa Anastopoulou was the project officer, aimed at strengthening the links between research and policy making at the EU level. The monthly ‘news alerts’ (short articles summarising EU-funded research results) presented in this document allowed policy makers, civil society organisations, businesses and the media to be at the forefront of scientific knowledge. These evidence-based policy papers addressed the major challenges facing the social, economic, political and cultural make-up of Europe. The ‘news alerts’ are presented in reverse chronological order, from the most recent article to the oldest article, and cover the following subjects: Growth, employment and competitivess in a knowledge society: European research in socio-economic sciences and the humanities must support policies aimed at achieving competitive, innovative societies that can create quality jobs. Combining economic, social and environmental objectives in a European perspective: This area addresses the need to sustain cohesive societies while accepting the scale of environmental challenges, which must be seen as a risk but also as an opportunity. Major trends in society and their implications: Research is needed to understand and facilitate strategies to tackle social changes like ageing populations, migration and multicultural societies. Europe in the world: Social sciences and the humanities can improve our understanding of the new multipolar world and Europe’s role in it. The citizen in the European Union: The issues addressed in this area relate to the development of European democracies, to the rights and obligations of European citizens and to the shared values in a diverse Union. Socio-economic and scientific indicators: New indicators for measuring new social and economic realities are needed for informed policy-making. Foresight: European research in forward looking activities aims at identifying major trends and outlining likely scenarios for the future of Europe. It builds new tools for forecasting the main social, economic, environmental and technological developments. Strategic activities: Research is needed outside the main areas above in order to address emerging needs or specific pol