Welcome to the European Centre for Social Welfare Policy and Research

The European Centre is a UN-affiliated intergovernmental organization concerned with all aspects of social welfare policy and research. Interim Director is Ricardo Rodrigues.


Kick-off: Comparative Study of Family Care Leave Policies and Legislation

Combining paid work and caring duties for older family members, sick children, or disabled relatives is becoming a challenge for many people of working age, especially women, with the share of employees with caring commitments likely to continue to rise in the future. Supporting endeavours for an improvement of the framework conditions for employed relatives providing care in Switzerland, the European Centre just launched a study for the Swiss Federal Office of Public Health with the aim of providing in-depth analysis of good practices related to care leave policies and legislation from other countries, and developing a conceptual framework for the analysis of (typical) care leave models in European countries and beyond. Read more

Öffentliche Räume kooperativ gestalten / Cooperation in the public sphere


Die neue Ausgabe des Schweizer SuchtMagazins widmet sich dem Thema Suchthilfe und Polizei. Einen Beitrag dazu leistet der Artikel von Irmgard Eisenbach-Stangl, Kurt Fellöcker, Katrin Gasior und Judith Haberhauer mit Beispielen aus Österreich. Dem Artikel zu Grunde liegen Ergebnisse aus dem Projekt AGORA, das sich zum Ziel gesetzt hat, zur Weiterentwicklung der Kooperation von Polizei und Sozialarbeit beizutragen und dabei verschiedene Regionen in Österreich in den Blick nimmt.
The latest volume of the Swiss SuchtMagazin focuses on drug counseling services and police. It includes an article by Irmgard Eisenbach-Stangl, Kurt Fellöcker, Katrin Gasior and Judith Haberhauer with a focus on Austria. The contribution is based on the project AGORA that aimed at the development of cooperation structures between police and social work in different Austrian regions. The article gives an overview of the project, its outline, methods and fieldwork results.

Migrants as a Low-cost Solution? Formalising a Dual Care Labour Market in Austria

In a presentation at the MOMENTUM Congress in Hallstatt (Upper Austria), Andrea Schmidt explored how care, migration and employment policies in Austria have shaped the long-term care labour market and whether the legislation of personal care by migrant carers has contributed to bridging the cleavages between the so-called "24-hour care sector" and the formal long-term care labour market. She concludes that migrant care policies have been unable to address persisting inconsistencies at the interface between the different segments of the care labour market, but rather foster a dualisation of the care workforce. The contribution was based on a recently published chapter in the book "The political economy of household services in Europe" (Palgrave Macmillan).

International Seminar: Development of a web-based tool for the assessment of health and economic outcomes of "EIP on AHA"

International Seminar

Dr. Boehler presented the MAFEIP-tool, a generic and flexible web-based application for monitoring the health and economic impact of the social and technological innovations carried out by more than 500 stakeholder groups participating in the EIP on Active and Healthy Ageing. His presentation outlined the approach for developing and implementing this tool, its main characteristics and capability to provide specific outcomes that are of value to the developers of an intervention, as well as a series of case studies planned before wider rollout. More information about the MAFEIP-tool and the MAFEIP project can be accessed here and here.

Ricardo Rodrigues Speaker at 1st State Congress of Social Services

Ricardo Rodrigues

Ricardo Rodrigues participated as a speaker in the 1st State Congress of Social Services in Vitoria, Spain, 29-30 September, organized by IMSERSO, which debated the current state and challenges facing social services in Spain. In his presentation Ricardo Rodrigues gave a brief overview of some common trends in long-term care in Europe (e.g. ageing in place, ‘re-discovery’ of informal care) and common challenges (e.g. dementia, equity in access, more integrated care for older people) and how these fit into the current debates on long-term care in Spain.

Ricardo Rodrigues Keynote Speaker at Seminar on “Ageing in Portuguese Society: The Roles of the State, Family and Civil Society”

Ricardo Rodrigues

Ricardo Rodrigues was one of the keynote speakers at the Seminar on “Ageing in Portuguese Society: The Roles of the State, Family and Civil Society”. His keynote addressed precisely the different roles and responsibilities assigned to the State, family and the market across different long-term care models in Europe and how this division of responsibilities carries with it different trade-offs and shapes policy outcomes (e.g. gender equality, employment, fiscal sustainability). The contents of the presentation will feature in a book on the topic of Ageing in Portuguese Society. For more information click here.