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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.

Call for proposal

FP6-2004-CITIZENS-5
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Funding Scheme

STREP - Specific Targeted Research Project

Coordinator

UNIVERSITEIT UTRECHT
Address
Heidelberglaan 8
Utrecht
Netherlands

Participants (8)

CENTRO DE INVESTIGACAO E ESTUDOS DE SOCIOLOGIA
Portugal
Address
Av. Forças Armadas - Iscte
Lisboa
GÖTEBORGS UNIVERSITET
Sweden
Address
Vasaparken
Goeteborg
KOZEP EUROPAI EGYETEM ALAPITVANY - CENTRAL EUROPEAN UNIVERSITY BUDAPEST FOUNDATION
Hungary
Address
Nador Utca, 9
Budapest
MIDDLESEX UNIVERSITY HIGHER EDUCATION CORPORATION
United Kingdom
Address
North London Business Park, Oakleigh Road South
London
NEW EUROPE CENTRE FOR REGIONAL STUDIES
Bulgaria
Address
Mladezka 20-B
Plovdiv
THE MANCHESTER METROPOLITAN UNIVERSITY
United Kingdom
Address
All Saints Building Oxford Road
Manchester
UNIVERSITAET HAMBURG
Germany
Address
Edmund-siemers-allee 1
Hamburg
UNIVERSITY OF JYVÄSKYLÄ
Finland
Address
Seminaarinkatu 15
Jyväskylä