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Equalsoc history and structure

EQUALSOC is a Network of Excellence funded by the European Union’s Sixth Framework Programme. Its original duration was 1 September 2005 – 31 December 2010, after a 4-month extension. However, following the decision of the EQUALSOC Governing Council taken in November 2010, the network will remain in existence for another 3 years.

EQUALSOC has been created to mobilise and develop research expertise across Europe on economic change, quality of life and social cohesion.

Its aim is to 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 is 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.

Drawing upon the organisational experience acquired in previous successful EU networks, EQUALSOC is using a rich array of data from national research programmes and a European Social Survey module it participated in constructing.

Leading researchers across Europe in economics, political science, social policy and sociology are involved in EQUALSOC activities; particular emphasis has been put on integrating female researchers in the network’s research. Click here to view the network structure.

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