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Vergleichende Wohlfahrtsstaatforschung


Quantitative empirische Sozialforschung

Soziale Ungleichheit




BALANCE - Balancing climate and social housing policies in the transformation to a low carbon society: Designing integrated policy mixes for Austria

Austria’s low carbon transformation needs to reach climate targets without negatively impacting the social agenda. BALANCE designs policy mixes in the domain of housing which reconcile climate and social policy measures. In an iterative process, secondary socio-economic data and household surveys serve to assess current policies, while economic modelling and choice experiments help to assess future policy mixes. A stakeholder assisted synthesis validates and refines the findings from the empirical policy assessments.

Website: https://balance.joanneum.at/

Funding: Klima- und Energiefonds

Funding period: 24 Month (2018 – 2020)



Former Projects and Participation:


SEFIRA: Socio-Economic implications For Individual Responses to Air pollution policies in EU +27

SEFIRA is a EU 7FP funded coordinated action project which will coordinate resources and knowledge in support of the revision and implementation of European policy and legislation on Air Quality with a transdisciplinary approach oriented to the socio-economic and individual aspects of air quality.

To date, the majority of the inputs to the review have been based on physical, chemical and medical sciences, with additional economic analysis of costs and benefits. Although noise pollution has been addressed in the Ambient Noise Directive, policies to combat noise have not up to now been considered in conjunction with air quality policies, despite their having many common sources in urban areas, notably traffic. In practice to date, the preferred method of assessing the acceptability of policies [uptake by citizens of individual-level measures to improve air quality] has been through cost-benefit analysis. Although this is a valuable tool, it is of limited value in assessing the wider acceptability of policies, particularly in relation to the impact on individual behaviours in civil society and the general public.

A wider and deeper comprehension of the social-economic implications of the air policies is needed especially focusing on preferences, behaviour and responses of individuals and stakeholder groups that often influence the outcomes of those policies with their uptake or passive or active resistance to certain procedures and legislations. Innovative approaches and tools are needed for policy makers to facilitate the proper consideration and uptake of available scientific knowledge in policy-making and this will be the focus of the coordination action. Such a challenge needs an innovative and cooperative approach between disciplines which in the past have had a low degree of integration.

The objective of SEFIRA is to provide the EC with valuable and up-to-date information on individual and social choices and inclinations, to test methods of policy evaluation, development and implementation, and to provide better coordination between research projects, public authorities and policy stakeholders.


Funding: Framework Programme 7 European Commission

Funding period: 36 Month (1. June 2013 – 31 Mai 2016).



INSPIRES “Innovative Social and Employment Policies for Inclusive and Resilient Labour Markets in Europe”

INSPIRES (Innovative Social Policies for Inclusive and Resilient Labour Markets in Europe) is a long-term project co-funded by the European Commission under the Framework Programme 7.

The main goal of the INSPIRES project is to contribute to the resilience and inclusiveness of labour markets in European countries. The benefits of INSPIRES are manifold due to the fact that combating unemployment and promoting inclusion have always been an important policy goal for the European Union.

For this purpose, the project will deliver evidence on the emergence and impact of innovations in labour markets, employment and social policies by analyzing large-scale datasets like the European Labour Force Survey, EU-SILC, LIS, and global data provided by ILO and OECD and new qualitative and quantitative data.


Funding: Framework Programme 7 European Commission

Funding period: 48 Month (1. January 2013 – 31 December 2016).



Sustainable Workforce

Sustainable Workforce is quantitative research project focusing on corporate investments in the fields of human and social capital, the management of a work-life balance, flexibility at work, the long-term employment of mature staff members and flexicurity in nine European countries, as well as the USA. It investigates the role of organizations in creating a sustainable European workforce. A workforce is considered sustainable when: Employees are productive and satisfied; Organizations are profitable and workplaces cohesive; National employment rates are high and the economy is flourishing. Organizations play a key role in building a sustainable workforce: they invest time and money in training programs, create opportunities for flexible work, develop work-life policies, try to enhance the long-term employability of older workers, and invest in flexible but secure contractual arrangements.

An important goal of this project is to collect new survey data on organizational investments. In 2015, we collect extensive information among HR-managers and employees in 300 organizations located in nine European counties.


Funding: ERC Advanced Grant  (no 340045)



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