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LSEE Research Network on Social Cohesion in South Eastern Europe

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The LSEE research network aims to promote fundamental independent research into issues of social cohesion in the region, covering policy themes such as employment and job creation, skill mismatches, education and vocational training, health reforms, pension reforms, poverty and social protection, urban conditions and social housing, social entrepreneurship, ethnic minorities and Roma issues, decentralisation and spatial inequalities, all with a focus on providing original research evidence for policy makers to develop effective policy responses to the worsening social situation.

The members of the network are leading researchers with expertise in social issues from the region and elsewhere in Europe as well as researchers at LSEE. The promotion of regional cooperation in research activity and the investigation of the benefits of regional cooperation in policy proposals is a key motivation of the research network.

How to Apply

If you are interested to apply to join the Research Network, please fill out a Membership Form| and forward it to the LSEE administrator at: EuroInst.LSEE@lse.ac.uk|.

 

Partners

The Research Network is supported by DG Enlargement and the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung. It also builds on collaborative activities carried out with the Regional Cooperation Council| in Sarajevo through engagement with the Council's Social Agenda for the Western Balkans. Collaboration with the Regional Cooperation Council was formalised at a ceremony in Sarajevo at which LSEE Chair, Professor Kevin Featherstone, signed a Memorandum of Understanding between LSEE and the RCC and delivered a public lecture on "Images, meanings, and legitimation: Is the European story changing?"

The Network will also continue to strengthen cooperation between LSEE and the WHO European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies. Furthermore, it seeks to develop and extend collaborations with scholars in the field of social policy and social cohesion in all the countries of South East Europe. The Foundation for the Advancement of Economics|, based at the Faculty of Economics in Belgrade, is also a close partner of the research network.

For a copy of the network's newsletter click here|!

 

Research Network Activities: Events and Publications

Our members participate in a wide variety of activities that take place both in the region and in other countries throughout Europe. Network members are busy researching topics that contribute to promoting social cohesion throughout the region, and are divided into three main working groups: labour markets, education systems and social protection, all with a focus on providing original research evidence for policy makers to develop effective policy responses to the worsening social situation 

Education

Workshop on Vocational Educational Training and Inclusive Education in the Western Balkans|

The workshop has been organised by the LSE Research on South Eastern Europe (LSEE) in conjunction with the University American College Skopje. It took place on May 30 at the University American College, Skopje.

Programme|

 
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Second Conference of the LSEE Research Network
SOCIAL COHESION  IN SOUTH EAST EUROPE
March 2014

 

The conference gathered together experts from Albania, Austria, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Croatia, France, Italy, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia, LSEE researchers, and officials from partner organisations including the DG for Enlargement, ERSTE Foundation, Regional Cooperation Council and Regional Research Promotion Programme Western Balkans.

Click here to visit the event page|.

Download a copy of the Network's programme here|.

Read the Conference Report here|.

On 27 March 2014, the first day of the conference, a DG Enlargement Panel debate was organised in partnership with the Directorate-General for Enlargement of the European Commission on the topic of "Social protection actions within the IPA programme".

Click here to visit the event page|

 
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WORKSHOP: Skills and the Labour Market in the Western Balkans
Friday, 11 May 2012
Organised in collaboration with FREN, Belgrade

Event Info|

 
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First Conference of the LSEE Research Network
SOCIAL IMPACT OF THE ECONOMIC CRISIS IN THE REGION
December 2011

 

The conference gathered together experts from Albania, Croatia, Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia, LSEE researchers, and officials from partner organisations including the IFI Coordination Office in Brussels, DG Employment and Social Affairs, DG Enlargement. The conference was organised with the generous support of DG Enlargement and the IFI Coordination Office in Brussels. An edited volume of conference papers will be published by LSEE.

Following this event, a workshop was organized in Belgrade in May 2012. The workshop was entitled Skills and the Labour Market in the Western Balkans| and was organized in collaboration with FREN (Foundation for the Advancement of Economics) at the Faculty of Economics in Belgrade, Seria. 

The workshop aimed to gather the latest research on imbalances between labour demand and supply in the Western Balkans region with special analysis of skills mismatch. It debated ways to improve labour market outcomes, vocational education and training systems, and skill matching policies in context of the difficult adjustment to the global economic crisis and the need to improve economic competitiveness on the basis of European integration.

As a result of this conference, a book was published by FREN and LSEE in October 2012. The book is titled Labour Market and Skills in the Western Balkans| and includes chapters from experts from both South Eastern Europe and the UK.

Members of the research network attended a workshop in Brussels on the social sector organized by the European Commission/IFI Coordination Unit. Dr Nikica Mojsoska-Blazevski from the University American College in Skopje, gave a presentation titled 'Challenges to Successful Employment Policy in the Region: towards more jobs, quality labour force and greater competitiveness'.

 

Click here| to read a copy of the presentation. 

 

A new book has also been published recently by members of the research network entitled The Social Consequences of the Global Economic Crisis in South East Europe|, edited by Drs Will Bartlett and Milica Uvalić.

 

 

Headed by Professor Mihail Arandarenko (University of Belgrade), the Labour Markets Working Group members aim to promote fundamental independent research into issues of social cohesion in the SEE region, covering policy themes such as employment, job creation and skill mismatches among others.

 

Headed by Professor Nikica Mojsoska-Blazhevski (University American College Skopje), the Education Systems Working Group members aim to promote fundamental independent research into issues of social cohesion in the SEE region, covering policy themes such as education and vocational training among others.

 

Education

RESEARCH PROJECT: “Mapping of VET Educational Policies and Practices for Social Inclusion and Social Cohesion in the Western Balkans, Israel and Turkey”|

Awarded to LSE Enterprise in collaboration with LSEE in June 2012, the project involves research teams in nine countries, linking up with the LSEE Research Network on Social Cohesion. The research project is led by Will Bartlett with research assistance from Marina Cino-Pagliarello. Claire Gordon and Simona Milio are also providing inputs to the project. Elisa Narminio from LSE Enterprise is project manager.

 

Headed by Professor Merita Xhumari (University of Tirana), the Social Protection Working Group members aim to promote fundamental independent research into issues of social cohesion in the SEE region, covering policy themes such as health reforms, pension reforms, poverty and social protection, urban conditions and social housing, social entrepreneurship, ethnic minorities and Roma issues, decentralisation and spatial inequalities among others. 

 

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