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Final conference InGRID project


Better science infrastructure for evidence-based policies on inclusive growth in Europe

Brussels, 17 January 2017, 9:00-17:00
Thon Hotel EU, Rue de la Loi/Wetstraat 75



Europe is confronted with another climate warming - a social one. The crisis is far from over and all over Europe people are still suffering under the consequences. Many Europeans have experienced decreases in living standards, resulting in poverty, but also growing inequalities. The ‘Europe 2020’ Strategy is since 2010 the overarching policy initiative which brings together all areas of EU competence and activity in order to prepare the EU societies for the next decade. The priority of inclusive growth is aiming to raise labour market participation, to fight poverty and to strengthen social cohesion. The Union is thus struggling to reach these goals at the 2020 horizon.

InGRID as research infrastructure project serves the social sciences community that aspires to make an evidence-based contribution to this European policy challenge of inclusive growth. It is a social sciences community that focuses on social in/exclusion, vulnerability-at-work and related social and labour market policies from a European comparative perspective. It is an interdisciplinary field of poverty research, labour studies, policy analysis and social statistics. Key tools in this social science research are all types of data: statistics, administrative data, surveys and policy indicators.

The general objective of the InGRID project was to integrate and to innovate existing, but distributed European social sciences research infrastructures (RI), serving this research community of inclusive growth.

The objectives of this final forum event were:

  • to evaluate the status of this research infrastructure;
  • to stimulate the discussion on deepening and enlarging the research infrastructure;

by focusing on the following arenas of the infrastructure:

  • data (integration) challenges;
  • improvement of the comparative analytical tools;
  • innovations in indicator-building for European policy-making.

Agenda and presentations



Organised by
HIVA-KU Leuven - Research Institute for Work and Organisation (BE)

In association with the InGRID consortium
TÁRKI Social Research Institute Inc. (HU); Amsterdam Institute for Advanced labour Studies, Universiteit van Amsterdam (NL); The Swedish Institute for Social Research, Stockholms Universitet (SE); Fachbereich IV, Wirtschafts- und Sozialstatistik, Universität Trier (DE); Centre d’Etudis Demogràfics, Campus de la Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (ES); Luxembourg Institute of Socio-Economic Research (LU); Centre for Social Policy, Universiteit Antwerpen (BE); Institute for Social & Economic Research, University of Essex (UK); Bremen International Graduate School of Social Sciences, Universität Bremen (DE); Centre d’Etudes de l’Emploi et du Travail (FR); The Centre for European Policy Studies (BE); Dipartimento di Economica e Menagement, Università di Pisa (IT); Social Statistics Division, University of Southampton (UK); Luxembourg Income Study, asbl (LU); WageIndicator Foundation (NL); School of Social Sciences, The University of Manchester (UK)

With core funding from
the European Union’s Seventh Programme for Research, Technological Development and Demonstration under Grant Agreement No 312691

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