Call for abstracts: Social investment in Europe

 Monday 26 November 2018

Social investment in Europe

The Social Situation Monitor (SSM) is the European Commission’s observatory of employment and social developments in the EU.

The Social Situation Monitor (SSM) team welcomes your abstract for an oral presentation at an SSM seminar that will take place at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Brussels on Tuesday 29th January 2019 (9:30am-4:40pm).

Focus of the seminar: Social investment

Social investment intends to strengthen people’s skills and capacities and support them to participate fully in employment and social life. Key policy areas include education, quality childcare, long-term care, healthcare, training, job-search assistance, rehabilitation, linked to unemployment benefits and social assistance and housing.

The aim of the seminar will be to present and discuss the latest research on the issue of social investment in Europe. More specifically, we are looking for presentations exploring, inter alia:

  • Measurement of returns on investment, including:

    Individual returns (e.g. labour market and income transitions of social investment beneficiaries);

    Public returns (e.g. fiscal, economic and social outcomes at macro level).
  • Timeframe for individual and public returns.
  • Comparative analysis: cross-national/regional patterns and variations;
  • Funding sources (public/private);
  • Synergies between different elements of social policies (e.g. income support and enabling services);
  • Synergies between social investment and environmental sustainability. 

How to submit an abstract

Please submit your abstract electronically by Monday 26 November 2018.

Abstracts will be reviewed by the SSM team, which includes representatives from the European Commission, LSE Enterprise and ICF Consulting. Abstracts will be assessed based on their quality and relevance to the work of the SSM team.

Invited speakers will be given 20 minutes to present and 20 minutes to respond to questions from the audience. Travel and accommodation costs will be covered for one presenter per paper (in case of co-authored papers).

The SSM seminar series

SSM seminars are research seminars. Their aim is to provide a forum to discuss the theoretical, methodological and policy implications of the latest economic and social research. More specifically, SSM seminars aim to inform:

  • The economic and social analysis of the European Commission in general, and the Commission’s Employment and Social Developments in Europe review in particular
  • The economic and social analysis of the European Commission’s stakeholders
  • The economic and social policies of the European Commission and its stakeholders.

SSM seminars are primarily intended to:

  • Economists and analysts working in policy-making organisations
  • Academic researchers
  • Policy officers with an interest in economic and social analysis.

Click here for more information on previous SSM seminars. 


For more information about the call, please contact: 

Dr Arnaud Vaganay