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Publications

The „Gender and Social Class Inequalities in Active Ageing“ project completed
The publication of the report Gender and Social Class Inequalities in Active Ageing: Theory meets Policy marks the completion of our project on bringing inequalities in the active ageing discourse, funded by the Swedish Ministry of Health and Social Affairs. The report, authored by Stefania Ilinca, Ricardo Rodrigues, Andrea Schmidt and Eszter Zolyomi, highlights a series of remaining gaps between different income and gender groups among older European cohorts and their impact on an individual’s potential to actively age. We propose a framework for the analysis of inequalities in active ageing, and rely on a series of 27 internationally comparable indicators and four European case studies to exemplify. The full report and the executive summary are available here.
New Policy Brief: Juggling family and work - Leaves from work to care informally
In response to a greater need to conciliate care and work for those with sick, disabled or frail family members, some countries in Europe have put regulations in place that allow employees to provide and/or organize care for family members while remaining attached to their workplace. The objectives of this Policy Brief are twofold. Firstly, it aims to draw some lessons for the design of care leave policies, based on an in-depth analysis and international comparison of 22 different care leave regulations in six different countries. Secondly, the regulations are evaluated in view of their success, particularly in terms of take-up rate. Read more
Social Innovation as a chance for ageing societies?
Whether it’s caring for older people, taking care of refugees or educating children: Social innovation has become a buzzword and has become indispensable in any application for public funding. But what is social innovation about? Is social innovation more than hollow words? Gudrun Bauer addresses the question “Is social innovation a chance to overcome the challenges of an ageing society?” in the now published volume "Neu! Besser! Billiger! Soziale Innovation als leeres Versprechen?" ('New! Better! Cheaper! Social Innovation as empty words?') edited in German by Katharina Meichenitsch, Michaela Neumayr and Martin Schenk. Contact: Gudrun Bauer

42nd General Assembly Meeting of the European Centre

The Austrian Federal Minister of Labour, Social Affairs and Consumer Protection Mr. Alois Stöger and the Acting Chair of the European Centre Ms. Angela Me opened the 42nd General Assembly Meeting of the European Centre at the Vienna International Centre, taking place on 20 and 21 September 2016. Following the Building Bridges event, participants of 17 countries appreciated the new framework of this year’s General Meeting also focussing on exchange between researchers, policy-makers and practitioners. The new format included European stakeholder organizations being available for future collaboration. Researchers of the European Centre presented concise key findings and new developments in labour market policy as well as health and care to foster ongoing discussions. Contact details: leichsenring@euro.centre.org

Bridge-building

Building Bridges in Social Welfare Policy in Eastern Europe
On 19 September 2016, 50 participants from 18 different countries came together in Vienna to discuss most pressing social policy topics at the Launch event "Building Bridges in Social Welfare Policy in Eastern Europe“. Researchers, policy-makers and practitioners on Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Serbia and Ukraine presented and exchanged innovative approaches in labour market policy and health and social care. The event identified the following needs: An increasing demand of collaboration between research and politics as well as a close cooperation with stakeholders and enhanced joint strategy development; the need of implementing policies and developing project ideas. It was the first step towards future collaborations within an envisaged Eastern European social policy network. Contact details: scoppetta@euro.centre.org
Letter of intent solemnly signed with the Macedonian Minister of Labour and Social Policy
On 25 August 2016, a Macedonian delegation headed by Mr Dime Spasov, Minister of Labour and Social Policy, visited the European Centre. Minister Spasov declared serious interest of Macedonia in cooperating with the European Centre in the area of social policy and research and signed a Letter of Intent to underline mutually agreed strategies in the context of the bridging function. At this occasion, Mr. Aleksandar Georgievski, Head of Department for European Integration and International Cooperation at the Ministry of Labour and Social Policy, was nominated as new National Liaison Official (NLO). We wish to express our special thanks to the Austrian Social Attaché, Mr. Harald Fugger (Ministry of Labour, Social Affairs and Consumer Protection), for his support in organising this visit.

Researchers and Vacancies at the European Centre

Another Young Forum Gastein scholar at the European Centre
Starting this year, Stefania Ilinca has become a member of the Young Forum Gastein network, a joint project of the International Forum Gastein, the European Commission and the World Health Organization Regional Office for Europe. The initiative is intended to create an international knowledge network and to enable promising young health professionals to attend the annual European Health Forum Gastein. During this year’s forum, Stefania contributed to the Poster Exhibition with the results of the project Gender and Social Class Inequalities in Active Ageing. More details on the project are available here.
Warm welcome to Katarina Hollan
Katarina Hollan joined the team of researchers in the Work and Welfare Unit by 1 September. She holds a Master degree in Economics from the University of Vienna and will strengthen the expertise in quantitative research and micro-simulation of the European Centre. Her research interests are social and economic inequality, welfare states and social security, poverty and social inclusion as well as feminist economics. Contact: hollan@euro.centre.org
Warm welcome to Gudrun Bauer
Gudrun Bauer joined the European Centre on 1 September as a researcher in the Health & Care Unit to contribute with her knowledge and expertise in long-term care and quality development as well as on aging and labour migration. Gudrun holds a doctorate in Social and Economic Sciences from the Vienna University of Economics and Business (Institute of Social Policy) as well as a Master in Nursing Sciences from the University of Vienna. She has worked as a Research fellow at the University of Vienna (Department of Nursing Science) where she will still finish a project over the next few months before entering into a full-time assignment. Contact: bauer@euro.centre.org
Vacancy - Researcher/Social Policy Analyst with specialisation in labour market research
The European Centre for Social Welfare Policy and Research is currently searching for an experienced researcher to permanently strengthen its Work and Welfare Unit. We are searching for someone highly motivated, with proven experience in project acquisition and management and proven ability to work on one or more of the following areas related with labour market in an international comparative perspective: transitions into and out of unemployment, activation of older workers, migration, lifelong learning, youth unemployment, transitions from education to employment, workplace practices, industrial relations, vocational training. We offer a supportive and flexible working environment, remuneration package compatible with expertise and demonstrated experience. We hope to find a candidate suitable to work with the team for the long-run.
Further details concerning this position are available in the vacancy note.
We would welcome candidates to send their application with CV and letter of motivation till the 28th of October to the address stated in the vacancy note.
Vacancy - Health Economist/Health Policy Analyst
The European Centre for Social Welfare Policy and Research is currently searching for a researcher to permanently strengthen its Health and Care Unit on a broad range of issues related to health and social policy in an international comparative perspective, including effectiveness and efficiency of health care services, cross-border health care issues in the European Union, and health care performance measurement. We are searching for someone highly motivated, holding an advanced academic degree, with proven experience and expertise in these areas and able to work in an international environment. We offer a supportive and flexible working environment, remuneration package compatible with expertise and demonstrated experience and tenure and career track. We hope to find a candidate suitable to work with the team for the long-run.
Further details concerning this position are available in the vacancy note.
We would welcome candidates to send their application with CV and letter of motivation till the 24th of October to the address stated in the vacancy note.

Events

Participation in Ageing & Society International Conference
With a special focus on Ageing, Life-course and Social Change, the Ageing & Society 2016 Conference brought together at Linkopping University – Sweden a multi-disciplinary group of scholars from Europe, North America and Asia to exchange recent research results and discuss salient topics for the aging policy and research agendas. Within the sessions dedicated to the theme Economic and demographic perspectives on aging, Stefania Ilinca gave a well-received presentation on “Different Experiences of Aging” summarizing the results of a recent project on inequalities in Active Ageing in Europe. More details on the project are available here.
20 Years EUROMOD Research
Michael Fuchs and Katarina Hollan attended the 20th Anniversary EUROMOD Conference and the annual EUROMOD project meeting held at the University of Essex from 5 to 7 September. Michael Fuchs presented on the (Future) use of EUROMOD in Austria. Read more