Current Projects

The European Centre is constantly implementing a range of up to 20 national and international research projects in the fields of work & welfare and health & care. Comparative and applied research aims at increasing the evidence and the knowledge-base to design policies responding to societal challenges such as population ageing, poverty, social inclusion and inequalities, innovative employment and long-term care policies, labour migration and digitalisation.

Please refer to the Annual Report of Activities for older projects.


European day of persons with disabilities - Rapporteur

2018-11-30 - 2019-01-30

The annual European conference on the Day of Persons with Disabilities will take place on the 3rd and 4th of December 2018. Hosted by the European Commission, in partnership with the European Disability Forum, this event is part of the EU's wider efforts to promote the mainstreaming of disability issues and to raise awareness of the everyday challenges faced by persons with disabilities. Dr. Magdi Birtha, Researcher at the European Centre is acting as Rapporteur at the EDPD and will prepare the conference report.



Social work and policing

2018-11-01 - 2020-10-31

SWaPOL is an education & training project that focuses on policies of public order management in urban places. This project will contribute to balance welfare and law enforcement policies by developing a joint training for social workers and crime prevention officers in the police in several European countries. A pilot course (2+3 days) will be elaborated and tested before it can be integrated in existing vocational training schedules at schools of social work and in the police force. SWaPOL will support exchange, cooperation and mutual trust between social workers and police officers for a better collaboration in practice to foster social inclusion of marginalised people in public places.


Support to the Slovenian authorities with the implementation of an integrated system for long-term care (LTC) in Slovenia

2018-05-17 - 2019-08-17

The Slovenian government is piloting the concept of one-stop shops and integrated LTC delivery in a 2-year pilot project (2018-2020) to support the transition into a new system of long-term care delivery. The European Centre has been asked to accompany this pilot project by supporting the Ministry of Health and a team of Slovenian experts in developing and implementing monitoring and evaluation tools. The general objective of this project is therefore to contribute to the implementation of an integrated system for long-term care in Slovenia in order to enhance sustainable growth, job creation and investment.


Alpine Space Transnational Governance of Active and Healthy Ageing

2018-04-16 - 2021-04-15

Governments in the Alpine Space (AS) recognise the need to promote policies for active and healthy ageing (AHA). To do this efficiently, efforts to design, implement, and evaluate policies should be coordinated between authorities of different sectors, private operators, local governments, and researchers. ASTAHG will establish a transnational governance board involving AS Quadruple Helix actors to identify and tackle common challenges for promoting AHA within and across regions. ASTAHG will help AS regional governments to implement and monitor their AHA policies, local governments in identifying the most suitable initiatives for their territorial context and social innovators in channelling their services and products through local and international funding opportunities.


Posting of workers in Eastern Europe

2018-01-01 - 2019-12-31

The two-year project aims to proactively address the issue of posting of workers at its pre-accession stage by assisting Eastern European countries, especially the four candidate countries Albania, FYROM, Montenegro, and Serbia, in implementing the Directive already before it gets into force, and by assisting in the prevention of social dumping, i.e. the use of cheap labour, to minimise associated risks for workers. It aims to do so through research, peer reviews and workshops involving stakeholders from the candidate countries and 4 EU member states, namely Austria, Germany, Italy, and Slovenia.