Social Innovation \ Research for Global Challenges

Public governance, welfare and social innovation

Addressing social exclusion, discrimination and various forms of inequalities is a crucial challenge for the future of Europe and its citizens. The understanding of rapidly changing multicultural and multilingual societies requires a cross-disciplinary approach, spanning across the social sciences and humanities, and including law and ICT, to address issues such as gender equity and diversity, access to education, accessibility and disability rights, health and social welfare, labour markets, active ageing, demographic change, family and children protection, consumer protection, and sustainable company law.
Research on these themes benefits from innovative tools such as social innovation, a trans-disciplinary concept increasingly applied  to a range of fields with the ultimate goal of removing barriers to participation in society, reducing inequalities, and promoting integration, inclusion and justice and healthcare by means of well designed public policies.

Science of complexity
Cultural Ecosystems
Social Innovation
International Studies
Green Challanges
Innovation Team


Accessibility for inclusion, Active ageing and demographic change, Active citizenship, Agent-based models, Behavioural economics, Collective identities, Decision sciences, Education policy, Gender equality, Health economics, Inclusion and fairness, Inequalities, Integration, Intercultural relations, Long term care, Policy evaluation, Protection of rights, Smart cities and communities, Social innovation, Translation studies, Transnational history, User-driven innovation, Well-being

High-impact and award-winning projects

Sustainable groundwater management in rural areas

Bir Al‐Nas (Bottom‐up IntegRated Approach for sustainabLe grouNdwater mAnagement in rural areaS)...

Preserving European Deaf Signing Communities

The project SIGN‐HUB ‐ Preserving, Researching and Fostering the Linguistic, Historical and Cultural...

The Impact of Drama Teaching on Second Language Acquisition

Maria Simona Morosin joins Neuroscience, Education and Theater, investigating the impact of theater...

Making the Most of Social Science to Build Better Policies

Knowledge For Use (K4U) is an ERC Advanced grant hosted by the University of Durham, involving Ca'...

Survey of Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe

The Survey of Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe SHARE is a multidisciplinary and...