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Quality of life in a changing Europe

Objective

One of the most pressing challenges within the EU is to balance economic performance against socially sustainable forms of work organisation, quality jobs, and the preservation and improvement of the quality of life in the broadest sense. At the European Council meeting of 22/23 March 2005, the EU reiterated that growth and employment in an enlarged Europe, need to go hand in hand with the social quality of work and life. QUALITY is an innovative, quantitative and qualitative research project that aims to examine how, in an era of major change, European citizens living in different national welfare state regimes evaluate the quality of their lives.

The project will analyse international-comparative data on the social well-being of citizens and collect new data on social quality in European workplaces in eight strategically selected countries: UK, Finland, Sweden, Germany, the Netherlands, Portugal, Hungary and Bulgaria.

Overall aims of this project:
a. to give insight, from an internationally-comparative perspective, in the quality of life and work of European citizens, the way the quality of life and work are interrelated, and the impact public and organisational policies have on the well-being of European citizens;
b. to increase our knowledge how and under what conditions European workplaces could be transformed into healthy organisations, where work is organised in a socially as well as economically sustainable manner;
c. to explore future trends by consulting national high-level groups (policy-makers, politicians, researchers, managers) and by constructing scenarios with respect to trends concerning the quality of life and work of European citizens;
d. to analyse whether, to what extent and how gender matters in the relationship between well-being and public and organisational policies.

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Coordinator

UNIVERSITEIT UTRECHT

Address

Heidelberglaan 8
Utrecht

Netherlands

Administrative Contact

Tanja VAN DER LIPPE (Prof.)

Participants (8)

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CENTRO DE INVESTIGACAO E ESTUDOS DE SOCIOLOGIA

Portugal

GÖTEBORGS UNIVERSITET

Sweden

KOZEP EUROPAI EGYETEM ALAPITVANY - CENTRAL EUROPEAN UNIVERSITY BUDAPEST FOUNDATION

Hungary

MIDDLESEX UNIVERSITY HIGHER EDUCATION CORPORATION

United Kingdom

NEW EUROPE CENTRE FOR REGIONAL STUDIES

Bulgaria

THE MANCHESTER METROPOLITAN UNIVERSITY

United Kingdom

UNIVERSITAET HAMBURG

Germany

UNIVERSITY OF JYVÄSKYLÄ

Finland

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 28945

  • Start date

    1 March 2006

  • End date

    31 May 2009

Funded under:

FP6-CITIZENS

  • Overall budget:

    € 1 280 191

  • EU contribution

    € 1 280 191

Coordinated by:

UNIVERSITEIT UTRECHT

Netherlands