Newsletter July/August 2020

COVID-19 emergency: We continue our research activities from home

Due to the COVID-19 measures many of our staff are currently working from home and can be reached by e-mail or phone. We continue our research activities and will be happy to respond to any queries.


Research in the time of COVID-19

The impact of COVID-19 on persons with disabilities across Europe

The Coronavirus outbreak still presents a major challenge at national and local levels across the EU and beyond. Persons with disabilities are among the most affected groups during the COVID-19 pandemic. The EU Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) recently reported that the pandemic continues to affect the provision of essential services such as education, healthcare, community-based support and transport for persons with disabilities. Children with disabilities are facing particular barriers when it comes to accessing education and support, including challenges to take part in distance learning, without their assistants. In some countries, FRA noted that physical, occupational, speech and language therapy services for children with disabilities were suspended (e.g. in Malta) (FRA, 2020).


Bridge Building in the Spotlight

Three regional case studies finalised

The latest news on the Con3Post project implementation has been published in its third newsletter, where the partners report on the finalisation of the three regional country reports and their upcoming events for 2020. For more please read here 


Project news: SWaPOL curriculum produced

In the project SWaPOL (Social Work and Policing) – co-funded by “ERASMUS+ Strategic Partnerships in Vocational Training” – researchers in Austria, Portugal and Belgium developed and tested a vocational training programme to more

FutureGEN: Project website launched

We are pleased to announce the launch of the FutureGEN project website, which is part of our efforts to expand the reach and impact of our research on evolving gender differences in health and care. Funded through Gender-NET, FutureGEN aims to more


New publication: How to put reasonable accommodation into practice: guide of promising practices

In order to inform EU citizens of their rights not to be discriminated against, in May 2019, the European Commission launched the #EUvsDiscrimination campaign. A strand of the campaign focused specifically on reasonable accommodation more

New publication: Interdisciplinary research perspectives on the health literacy of children

The newly published Handbook on Health Literacy in Childhood and Adolescence discusses the current state of research on health literacy (in German). Rahel Kahlert co-authored the chapter on interdisciplinary research perspectives on the health more

New article: Single parents and their children in the wake of the COVID-crisis

The article by Michael Fuchs and Tamara Premrov in the Austrian stakeholder magazine 'Alleinerziehende auf dem Weg' focuses on challenges and strategies related to single parents in times of the COVID-crisis. To assess the magazine with the more

New publication: Apprenticeships: a public option

Apprenticeships raise the labour-market entry level for young people – but they need to be available in bad as well as good times. The involvement of trade unions and employer associations in the design of curricula and the delivery of more

New publication: A services delivery perspective to the provision of long-term care in Portugal

Integrated care is of particular relevance to the delivery of long-term care services for older people in order to optimally respond to their often highly diversified health and social care needs. This study set out to develop a comprehensive more

EESPN newsletter: November 2021 issue

We would like to introduce the November 2021 issue of the EESPN newsletter. We feature new projects, calls & publications on new social policy measures relevant to the Bridge Building (BB) region. Read more more

Upcoming online events

Webinar on 11 September 2020, 15-16: Reasonable accommodation for persons with disabilities: guide for promising practices

In this webinar, participants will have the opportunity to discuss the European Commission's upcoming guide showcasing practices for reasonable accommodation of persons with disabilities in the workplace, written by our colleague, Magdi more

International Seminar: No country for the unemployed

Rafael Labanino from the Department of Politics and Public Administration, University of Konstanz was our guest speaker of the International Seminar that took place as a webinar on 12 November. He presented his recent more