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Emerging Trends in Socio-economic Sciences and Humanities in Europe - the METRIS report, EUR 23741

Funded under: FP6-CITIZENS, FP7-SSH


METRIS stands for Monitoring European Trends in Social Sciences and Humanities. The aim of METRIS is to support the European Research Area (ERA) in the Social Sciences and the Humanities (SSH). This is particularly important for these sciences, because their knowledge is embedded into national systems, and the ERA brings about novel insights and perspectives that result from comparing national systems and situations as well as rising above such comparisons. European level research in SSH forms an important support for European policy-making.
This first report from a METRIS expert group identifies important new and emerging trends in social sciences and humanities in the 5 themes of the framework programme:
- Growth, Employment and Competitiveness in a Knowledge-Based Society,
- Combining Economic, Social and Environmental Objectives
- Major trends in society and their implications.
- Europe and the World
- The citizen in Europe
In addition the report highlights some themes that are cutting across these areas (such as migration for example) as well as some examples of cutting edge research that lie outside the thematic coverage of the Framework Programme, such as new conceptualizations of space, the rise of visual and affective themes in social sciences and themes that arise from the breaking down of the boundaries between the sciences.
It is envisaged that the reflection of expert groups will be combined with a sound monitoring system to form a powerful supporting instrument for the advancement of the ERA in SSH. It will provide for a collective understanding of the state of the art, trends, needs, challenges and research policies for SSH across Europe and in all its Member Countries, and will thus support the advancement of SSH in Europe through coordinated research efforts and coordinated research policy interventions.

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Record Number: 9726 / Last updated on: 2009-01-05
Category: POLI