21 Jul 17 | News

LISER is taking part in InGRID-2, a newly launched EU-wide social sciences research infrastructure funded by Horizon 2020

Europe is confronted with another “climate warming” - a social one.

About InGrid-2 ?

The EU-funded HORIZON 2020 “InGRID-2” project (2017-2021) was launched in May 2017. It consists of a consortium of 19 key universities and research centres who will provide the foremost European expertise on inclusive growth from data to policy. Integrating, expanding and innovating the InGRID research infrastructure-in-existence ( is the key goal of the InGRID-2 project. Serving as a significant actor, LISER will actively contribute to the project.

Why is this important ?

Europe is confronted with another “climate warming” - a social one. Despite the fact that the European economy is showing mild signs of improvement, the past crisis is far from over. Many Europeans have experienced decreases in living standards and inequalities have grown between regions, age groups and household types. These crisis experiences confirm to a certain extent ongoing trends related to globalisation, financialisation, demographic challenges, welfare-state retrenchment, technological changes and skills mismatches in the labour market as well as changing power relations between labour and capital.

Evidence-based policies, based on robust data and sound analysis at national and European level is of major importance for properly understanding and tackling growing social problems.

InGRID-2 serves the social sciences community that aspires to make an evidence-based contribution to this European policy challenge of inclusive growth. It is a social sciences community that focuses on social in/exclusion, vulnerability-at-work and related social and labour market policies from a European comparative perspective.

LISER's role

InGRID-2 involvement centres on three types of activities:

  1. provide access to social science installations to researchers based on a unified and integrated visiting grant system;
  2. coordinate networking activities to set-up a knowledge exchange and transfer within the dedicated community-of-interest by organising 18 training activities, 11 expert discussions and 3 special interest groups; and
  3. conduct research activities with the aim of enhancing and enriching the technical quality of the research infrastructure.

LISER will be involved in all sectors, organizing several workshops or conducting research on poverty and material deprivation, dynamic microsimulation (including an E-Infrastructure), mid-term projections through microsimulaition, programme evaluation and migrant's social rights.

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