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Research Areas

WWWforEurope addresses essential questions in five research areas for implementing socio-ecological transition:

  • What are the challenges to the European welfare state?
  • What is the impact of environmental sustainability on growth and employment?
  • What is the role of industrial and innovation policy as drivers for change?
  • What are necessary adjustments of governance structures at the European level?
  • What is the role of the regions in the socio-ecological transition?

Research in WWWforEurope seeks to realise and exploit linkages between its research topics. It closely examines how different policy instruments work together. This allows to identify potential synergies and trade-offs when it comes to binding together the results of all research areas. This framework forms the basis to develop a coherent strategy and policy design for a socio-ecological transition of Europe’s economy.

undefinedArea 1 deals with challenges for the European welfare state, including how it needs to be adapted in the context of long-term developments such as globalisation, demography, new technologies and post-industrialisation.

undefinedArea 2 provides evidence for designing policies aimed at minimising the conflict between employment, equity and sustainability, using welfare indicators beyond traditional GDP measures.

undefinedArea 3 investigates the role that research and innovation as well as industrial and innovation policies can play as drivers for change by shaping the innovation system and production structures.

undefinedArea 4 focuses on governance structures and institutions at the European level and the need for adjustments to be consistent with a new path of smart, sustainable and inclusive growth.

undefinedArea 5 explores the role of the regions in the socioecological transition taking into account institutional preconditions, regional labour markets and cultural diversity as well as examining the transitional dynamics of European regional policy.

undefinedArea 6 frames the project ex ante, tries to identify and monitor interlinkages between the Areas 1 to 5, and finally binds together their results to develop a coherent strategy and policy design for socio-ecological transition.