Economic Change, Quality of Life and Social Cohesion (EQUALSOC)

Project leader

Funding source

EU Sixth Framework Programme - Citizens and governance

Project Details

Start date: 01/09/2005
End date: 31/08/2010
Funding: 4100000 EUR


The network will mobilise and develop research expertise across Europe on economic change, quality of life and social cohesion. It will stimulate high quality comparative European research on social cohesion and its determinants; encourage the development of additional research centres; provide an infrastructure for training the rising generation of young researchers in the skills of comparative research; and facilitate access to the most recent results of research for the wider research community and for policy makers. The central focus will be on social cohesion and its dependence on social differentiation, assessing the relationships between the growing importance of knowledge in the economy, the different chances that individuals and groups experience with respect to the quality of life, and social cohesion. Within this framework it will make a major contribution to advancing knowledge about how factors such as employment, income, education, housing, urban conditions, and life-styles inter-relate and effect personal well- being and psychological health. It will explore how far differential life chances reinforce differences between social categories - e.g. gender, class and ethnicity - and the role of inter-generational inheritance processes in sustaining such differences over time. It will assess the implications of social inequalities and social differentiation for social cohesion at the micro, meso and macro levels, including the effects of institutional differences and the scope for policy intervention. The network will mobilise leading researchers across Europe in economics, political science, social policy and sociology and put an emphasis on integrating female researchers in its work. Drawing upon the organisational experience acquired in previous successful EU networks, it will draw on a rich array of data from national research programmes and a European Social Survey module it participated in constructing.

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