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LSEE Research Network on Social Cohesion in South Eastern Europe


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.

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 Co-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.

If you are interested to apply to join the Research Network please send a CV and short statement of your research interests to the LSEE administrator at:
EuroInst.LSEE@lse.ac.uk|.

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

 

Network Activities

The first conference of the LSEE Research Network was held at LSE in December 2011 on the theme of the social impact of the economic crisis in the region. 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 entitled 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 entitled '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.


The second conference of the LSEE Research Network was held at LSE in March 2014 on the theme of social cohesion in South East Europe. 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|.

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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