European Union Seventh Framework Cooperative Programmes support research activities carried out by different research bodies in trans-national cooperation and aim to gain or consolidate leadership in key scientific and technology areas.
In 2015 I participated in the project “SOCial Innovation – Empowering the Young for the common good“, funded by the Europeans Union’s Seventh Framework Programme.
The overall goal of SocIEtY is to improve the quality of life of disadvantaged young people through social innovation. In doing so the aim of SocIEtY is not only to identify opportunities to reduce inequalities, but also to extend and builds knowledge and tools for the ultimate policy goal of a ‘good life for all’.
The network consists of eleven European institutions (more information here). First and preliminary results can be found at this page.
In the period 2010-2013 I was involved in another the European Union Cooperative Programme, “Growing INequalities’ Impacts“, GINI.
The aim of the project was the investigation of the economic and educational drivers of inequality and its social, cultural and political impacts. The project was highly interdisciplinary, drawing on economics, sociology, political science, and health studies, and was carried out in collaboration among seven academic European institutions (University of Amsterdam, London School of Economics, University College Dublin, University of Milan, Tàrki – Budapest, Antwerp University).