Closing gaps in social citizenship. New tools to foster social resilience in Europe (EUROSHIP)

The overall aim of the EUROSHIP project is to provide an original and gender-sensitive assessment of the current gaps in social protection across Europe.  Through the involvement of national and European stakeholders, EUROSHIP aims to develop policy recommendations on how to strengthen social citizenship at the national and EU level.

EUROSHIP will provide new knowledge about the effectiveness of social protection policies targeted at reducing poverty and social exclusion in Europe. Focal points will be the roles of 

  • social protection systems (including minimum income schemes), 
  • digitalisation of work and social protection delivery, and 
  • the political opportunities for exercising choice and influence by three groups of citizens:  youth at risk, precarious workers with care obligations and elderly and disabled people with long-term care needs.

EUROSHIP will combine diverse methods, data and academic disciplines (including economics, political science, social policy and sociology) in innovative ways: (1) in-depth individual interviews with low-skilled and low-income women and men; (2) discussion forums with national stakeholders; (3) policy analyses based on a review of official documents and expert interviews; (4) quantitative analyses of comparative individual level data. 

Linking the results of the different analyses, will give original insights on how social rights mitigate social and economic vulnerabilities across the life-course and affect the scope for exercising social citizenship within a multi-level governance system. 

The project will add to the knowledge base for further implementation of the European Pillar of Social Rights and the Sustainable Development Goals/Agenda 2030, and through this, upward social convergence between Member States. 

COFACE Families Europe is member of the advisory board of this research project.

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