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INCASI Report Summary

Project ID: 691004
Funded under: H2020-EU.1.3.3.

Periodic Reporting for period 1 - INCASI (Global trends in social inequalities in Europe and Latin America and exploring innovative ways to reduce them through life, occupational and educational trajectories research to face uncertainty)

Reporting period: 2016-01-01 to 2017-12-31

Summary of the context and overall objectives of the project

INCASI, International Network for Comparative Analysis of Social Inequalities, aims to create and consolidate a network of research and training between Europe and Latin America. To this end, we develop the project Global trends in social inequalities in Europe and Latin America and exploring innovative ways to reduce them through life, occupational and educational trajectories research to face uncertainty.
Through this network, we hope to foster a space for collective reflection and the development of synergies between network partners that allow us to undertake innovative studies whose outputs have an impact on academic and policy debates on the subject. The project will also contribute to informing the design of public policies to tackle social inequalities. In so doing, we aim to contribute innovative solutions that improve citizens’ living standards, reduce social inequalities and promote social justice. This is in line with Horizon 2020’s objectives.
Through the INCASI network, it is planned to establish the conceptual and methodological bases for, on the one hand, the development of a longer-term international comparative research program and, on the other hand, to design an international postgraduate study program that analyzes social inequalities in a comparative perspective.
The project is developed by establishing 8 main objectives:
1) Develop a general framework of collaboration for the creation and consolidation of a research and training network among research centers of European and Latin American universities.
2) Analyze the trajectories that the citizens have followed in the labor market, identifying their results in terms of mobility and social inequality and to develop a model that explains these trajectories in comparative terms between Latin America and Europe.
3) Identify and understand the different strategies that are developed and how resources and capacities have been mobilized to identify, classify and compare patterns of social behavior adopted to address the uncertainties in each region.
4) Specifically study these trajectories and strategies by analyzing the relationship between work, training and employment, and connecting the life trajectories of citizens, including the productive and reproductive spheres.
5) To examine the social policies that have tried to address inequalities in different areas, focusing the interest in the participating countries and more generally addressed in a comparative context between Europe and Latin America.
6) Develop models of macro and micro analysis and comparative methodologies adopting dynamic and longitudinal perspectives. A mixed-methods approach will be adopted by combining qualitative and quantitative techniques.
7) Draw practical conclusions that help to inform the design of innovative public policies to deal with situations of social inequality, particularly in relation to employment and education policies.
8) To project the INCASI network by establishing the conceptual and methodological bases for, on the one hand, the development of an international comparative program in the longer term, and, on the other hand, to design an international master program that analyzes social inequalities in a comparative perspective.

Work performed from the beginning of the project to the end of the period covered by the report and main results achieved so far

"The whole project is structured on the basis of the following four pillars:
1) Substantive background and explanatory models of social inequalities which comprises eight thematic axes integrated in a model of analysis called AMOSIT (Analytical Model of Social Inequalities and Trajectories).
2) Methodology for the analysis of social inequalities
3) Social policies to counteract social inequalities
4) Gender inequalities’ transversal perspective

To achieve our objectives we organize the proposal chronologically through four work packages:
1) Compilation: to review the accumulated scientific capital that exists among network’s members.
2) Construction: AMOSIT model.
3) Innovation: to propose a new theoretical and methodological perspective on social inequalities.
4) Projection: to planning the sustainability of the network through two specific lines of action in research and teaching, and to disseminating-communicating project outcomes.
And one transversal work package of organization and coordination of INCASI network activities.

During the fist work package ""Compilation"" (Months 1-14) the Project performed these activities:
-Compilation of the scientific production of the INCASI network.
-A total of 113 secondments where 55 investigators went from Europe to Latin America and from Latin America to Europe.
-32 seminars and conferences.
-2 Local Workshops
-1 GLobal Meeting
- 2 press release
- 6 Non-scientific popularised publications)
- 21 Flyers
- 16 Training
- 12 Participation to a conference
-Structuring the initial analytical model of research (AMOSIT).
-Collecting Data sources from Europe & Latin America.
-In September 2016 begun the “Graduate Certificate of Methodology for analysis of social inequalities” (MADES), in online format and with 30 ECTS credits.
-Creation of the web site: http://incasi.uab.es.

During the second work package ""Construction"" (Months: 15-28) the Project performed these activities:
-Construction of the integrated theoretical-methodological model AMOSIT related to Pillar 1 (8 thematic axis) and Pillars 2 to 4.
-A total of 128 secondments where 56 investigators went from Europe to Latin America and from Latin America to Europe.
-54 seminars and conferences.
- 6 press release
- 13 Non-scientific and non-peer reviewed publications (popularised publications)
- 41 Flyers
- 22 Training
- 21 Participation to a conference
-Online Training in Research Methods. Block 2, 3 courses
-Second Workshop: intensive discussion on each thematic axis-pillars with
a) European Beneficiaries (Tenerife,July of 2017), and
b) Latin American Partners (La Plata, Argentina, May of 2017)
-Updating of website and dissemination-communication of the project.

In total: 33 publication (Production) and 297 (Background)
Additionally, in that moment we have 36 articles and 8 book chapters under evaluation or in press."

Progress beyond the state of the art and expected potential impact (including the socio-economic impact and the wider societal implications of the project so far)

The project concentrates in creation and strengthening of a new network of international institutions and researchers. It focuses on strengthening collaborative, innovative work relating to the comparative study of social inequalities. Hence:
1. We are contributing to innovation in scientific research of social inequalities, developing a model for comparative analysis between Europe and Latin America. The aim of this model is to establish a base to improve research in this area and promote the generation of innovative proposals to conduct new comparative studies internationally. On the basis of the synergy and knowledge stemming from comparative and comprehensive methodology, models can be derived to analyse local situations and to create diagnoses and recommendations for design and/or re-orientation of social policies.
2. We are organizing seminars and annual meetings for members of the participating institutions for exchange, discussions and the construction of research proposals, education and innovation.
3. We are encouraging academic collaboration amongst the researchers, by supporting the dialogue between different academic areas and by expanding of the INCASI network in the future.

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