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EUROSHIP – Closing Gaps in Social Citizenship. New Tools to Foster Social Resilience in Europe

The overall aim of the EUROSHIP project is to provide an original and gender-sensitive assessment of the current gaps in social protection across Europe.

Through the involvement of national and European stakeholders, EUROSHIP aims to develop policy recommendations on how to strengthen social citizenship at the national and EU level.

EUROSHIP will provide new, gender-sensitive, comparative knowledge about the effectiveness of changing social protection policies targeted at reducing poverty and social exclusion in Europe. Focal points will be the roles of social protection systems (including minimum income schemes), digitalisation of work and social protection delivery, and the social and political opportunities for active agency by three groups of citizens:youth at risk, precarious workers with care obligations and elderly and disabled people with long-term care needs. Through the involvement of national and European stakeholders, EUROSHIP aims to develop proposals for effective policies and inform relevant policymakers with a view to maximise the project’s impact from a societal as well as scientific perspective.

  • Participants at OsloMet

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  • More about the project

    EUROSHIP will combine diverse methods, data and disciplines (covering economics, political science, social policy and sociology) in innovative ways: 

    1. coordinated lifecourse interviews with low-skilled and low-income women and men
    2. focus forums with national stakeholders
    3. policy analyses based on document review and semi-structured expert interviews
    4. quantitative analyses of comparative micro-data.

    Linking the analyses of these data and four key concepts (social citizenship, social resilience, capability and active agency) will give original insights on how social rights mitigate risks across the life-course and affect the scope for exercising social citizenship by vulnerable persons within a multi-level governance system. This will add to the knowledge base for further implementation of the European Pillar of Social Rights, Agenda 2030/SDGs, and through this, upward social convergence between Member States.

    A trans-disciplinary consortium of nine research institutions from eight countries (DE, EE, ES, HU, IT, NO, CH, and the UK) and one European CSO will implement EUROSHIP. The Consortium has a balanced composition of women and men, senior and junior researchers.

  • Partner institutions

    • OsloMet – Oslo Metropolitan University (Norway)
    • University of Milan (Italy)
    • University of Tallinn (Estonia)
    • University of Hamburg (Germany)
    • TÁRKI Social Research Institute (Hungary)
    • University of Florence (Italy)
    • Autonomous University of Barcelona (Spain)
    • Swiss Paraplegic Research (Switzerland)
    • University of Sussex (UK)
    • Social Platform (Belgium)
  • European stakeholder committee

    • COFACE – FAMILIES Europe
    • European AGE Platform Europe
    • European Anti-Poverty Network (EAPN)
    • European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC)
    • European Youth Platform
    • International Labour Organization (ILO)
  • Scientific advisory committee

    • Dominique Anxo, Professor in economics, Department of Economics and Statistics, Linnæus University, Kalmar (SE)
    • Bea Cantillon, Professor of Sociology, University of Antwerp (BE)
    • Mark Dawson, Professor of European Law and Governance, Hertie School of Governance, Berlin (DE)
    • Guðný Björk Eydal, Professor at the Faculty of Social Work, University of Iceland (IS)
    • Olli Kangas, Professor of Sociology, University of Turku (FI)
    • Caroline de la Porte, Professor MSO, Department of International Economics, Government and Business, Copenhagen Business School (DK).
    • Chiara Saraceno, Professor emerita in Sociology, has had positions at the University of Turin (IT) and Wissenschaft Zentrum, Berlin (DE).
    • Maria Symeonaki, Associate Professor of Social Statistics, Department of Social Policy, Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences, Athens (GR)
    • Fiona Williams, OBE, Emeritus Professor of Social Policy, Honorary Professor at the Social Policy Research Unit, University of New South Wales, Australia, and Research Affiliate at COMPAS (Centre on Migration, Policy and Society) at the University of Oxford.

How have welfare state reforms affected social inequalities in Europe?

Researchers talk about their concerns about increasing social inequalities across Europe. 

What are the challenges to close the gaps in European social citizenship?

Representatives from the European Commission, ETUC and the Social Platform, Professor Jacqueline O’Reilly (UK),  Jerome E. Bickenbach (Switzerland), Marge Unt (Estonia) and Istvan G Tóth (Hungary) talk about the EUROSHIP project.