Open access to science
Open Access represents the immediate online and free availability of the results of research without the restrictions that are normally imposed by copyright agreements. It includes access to reviewed articles, conference papers and sets of data. This publication option seeks to improve access to the knowledge and information necessary to achieve sustained progress for society. This improved access is especially important for teaching research and the transformation of knowledge into social value.
Overqualification and unemployment in young people. Pathways to employment of university graduates
The economic crisis experienced by Spain has led to increasing numbers of young people opting to prolong their education given the lack of job prospects. This fact has caused overqualification among young people and the consolidation of unemployment.
Is research responding to health needs?
How can we ensure that biomedical research is aligned with social needs? This article from the Social Observatory of “la Caixa” analyses how resources could be assigned efficiently.
Occupations in transformation: who will be affected by technological change?
Historically, technology has transformed many professions. How will technological development affect future employment? The Social Observatory of “la Caixa” analyses the situation in Spain with regard to “risk of computerisation”.
Research in Spain: the attitudes of companies, Governments and citizens
Science is a very relevant activity in economic terms, which also has a very favourable social perception. However, Spain invests less in R&D than the rest of the European countries, confirming a gap between citizens' attitudes and the will of politicians and businesses.
Is Spain losing out on international investment in R&D?
On the global economic map drawn up by the financial crisis of 2008, the emerging countries are displacing the developed countries in the attracting of foreign investment in R&D. What factors influence this phenomenon and how does it affect countries such as Spain?
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Research and innovation: what are our stakes?
Is it countries with resources that make the biggest investment in science? Or is it that countries that devote the most efforts to science are those that generate the greatest wealth? This is the opening question of the third "la Caixa" Social Observatory Dossier, which analyses the current social context of science and to what extent it represents a value-added contribution to our society.
Environment and employment: is there a prize for clean play?
The Social Observatory of “la Caixa” wonders whether it is possible to combine concern for the environment with economic growth. This study, one of the first in its field, shows a positive link between eco-innovation and the creation of employment, even in periods of recession.