Current Projects

Study on Intergenerational Fairness

2020-01-10 - 2020-12-09

The study investigates how EU-28 Member States fare in terms of intergenerational fairness and how their performance changed in the wake of economic crisis, disentangling the market effect from the impact of public policies. The focus will be on policy reforms and on automatic stabilizers built in the tax and benefit systems to show the extent to which they had a distributional impact on the income of the different age groups and cohorts. The research will include policy recommendations and an analysis of political economy considerations of intergenerational fairness.


Mapping promising social services and policy measures to support the independent living of older people

2019-11-01 - 2020-11-01

The research will create a framework to assess service provision that support older people with care and support needs living in their home. The developed tool will be used to collect good practices from 6 European countries (AT, SE, ES, SI, PL, CH) on non-residential community-based services.

Great focus will be placed on transferability of the practices to potentially allow the collection and assessment of existing services in other parts of the UN Europe region (e.g. Eastern Partnership, Western Balkan etc.). The results of the research will be published in a compendium showing common trends and taking a comparative approach. The results will also be disseminated in a policy brief.


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.


Distributional impact of asset contributions to residential care (Pflegeregress) in Austria

2019-06-01 - 2020-07-31

Following the abolishment of the asset contribution from users of residential care (Pflegeregress), this study aims to demonstrate the impact of this measure across the income and wealth distribution in Austria, as well as the impact of alternative funding mechanisms.


Sustainable Development multi-stakeholder workshops in Austria

2019-01-01 - 2020-06-30

The implementation of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is discussed with various stakeholders from the public, the private and the civil society sector during five multi-stakeholder workshops. These workshops take place in different Austrian cities (e.g. Linz, Vienna, Graz, etc.) in the course of 2019 and 2020. Each one-day lasting workshop focusses on a specific topic relevant for achieving the SDGs. The first Workshop on the implementation of the SDGs in the field of disabilities took place in Linz, in March 2019. The European Centre is co-organising the workshops together with the Federal Ministry of Labour, Social Affairs, Health and Consumer Protection and other partners working in the respective SDG areas.