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The Area Work Packages

Work package 601: Framing the Project

Work package 602: Synthesis and Integration


Activities

WWWforEurope Second Feedback Conference

WWWforEurope Conference on Social and Environmental Progress: Europe in a Long-Run Perspective

WWWforEurope First Feedback Conference

WWWforEurope Conference on Modelling Growth and Socio-Ecological Transition


Most recent publications

Janneke Plantenga, The economics of gender equality; a review of the literature in three propositions and two questions, WWWforEurope Working Paper No. 104, July 2015

Kurt Kratena, Thematic report: Macroeconomic models including specifically social and environmental aspects, WWWforEurope Deliverable No. 8, July 2015

Teresa Weiss and Fabian Unterlass, Towards monitoring a socio-ecological transition, WWWforEurope Deliverable No. 7, July 2015

Area 6 - Framing the Project, Integration and Synthesis

Area 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.


Aim

The central challenge Area 6 aims to tackle is to make visible how the instruments in different policies and at different levels work together. A coherent strategy and policy design is necessary for the process of socio-ecological transition to be successful. Any single instrument and isolated policy are inefficient and ineffective if they do not consider the effects and if they are not supported by other policies, ideally in a common, coherent, well-communicated strategy. Furthermore, interlinkages are a crucial starting point for deriving further research agendas for the central questions addressed in the project which require a deeper analysis than the scope of this project allows.

Interlinkages can be assumed to exist in particular with respect to the following aspects:

• common long-term trends and developments (demographic change including the gender aspect, climate change/biophysical constraints, post-industrialisation, globalisation) as background and challenges for all research Areas;

• fundamental concepts and definitions (whereby the most important ones are "growth","welfare/wealth/work", "socio-ecological transition");

• main objectives and policy goals with respect to the socio-ecological transition;

• instruments applicable and adequate to tackle the fundamental challenges and to achieve the essential objectives and policy goals, taking into account the adequate division of tasks and responsibilities between the local, central and supranational/EU level;

• policy options, taking into account the adequate division of tasks and responsibilities between the levels of state: local – central – supranational/EU level.

Cross-cutting through these aspects are the regional dimension (Western European countries versus Central and Eastern European countries and versus peripheral countries); the gender dimension; and the creation of public awareness of the long-term challenges as well as social acceptance of reforms and their political implementation at the national and the supranational/EU level.


Publications

Janneke Plantenga, The economics of gender equality; a review of the literature in three propositions and two questions, WWWforEurope Working Paper No. 104, July 2015

Kurt Kratena, Thematic report: Macroeconomic models including specifically social and environmental aspects, WWWforEurope Deliverable No. 8, July 2015

Teresa Weiss and Fabian Unterlass, Towards monitoring a socio-ecological transition, WWWforEurope Deliverable No. 7, July 2015

Stefanie Gerold and Matthias Nocker, Reduction of Working Time in Austria. A Mixed Methods Study Relating a New Work Time Policy to Employee Preferences, WWWforEurope Working Paper No. 97, May 2015

Marlene Karl, Are ethical and social banks less risky? Evidence from a new dataset, WWWforEurope Working Paper No. 96, May 2015

Janneke Plantenga, Searching for welfare, work and gender equality, WWWforEurope Working Paper No. 59, April 2014

Karl Aiginger, Kurt Kratena, Margit Schratzenstaller and Teresa Weiss, Moving towards a new growth model, WWWforEurope Deliverable No. 3, April 2014

Anna Dimitrova, Katarina Hollan, Daphne Laster, Andreas Reinstaller, Margit Schratzenstaller, Ewald Walterskirchen & Teresa Weiss, Literature Review on Fundamental Concepts and Definitions, Objectives and Policy Goals as well as Instruments Relevant for Socio-ecological Transition, WWWforEurope Working Paper No. 40, September 2013

Frank W. Geels, The Impact of the Financial-economic Crisis on Sustainability Transitions: Financial Investment, Governance and Public Discourse, WWWforEurope Working Paper No. 39, September 2013