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How to manage public R&D spending in times of budgetary austerity

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How to manage public R&D spending in times of budgetary austerity

September 2016

Science
Reinhilde Veugelers, Senior Fellow,
Bruegel Institute

Public investment in R & D is one of the pillars of knowledge-based economies. How can we ensure that this effort is applied intelligently? What do governments need to know to support the investments with  greater social return?

Temporality, loss of work and educational performance

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Temporality, loss of work and educational performance

September 2016

Social Inclusion
Jenifer Ruiz-Valenzuela, researcher,
Centre for Economic Performance, London School of Economics

Parental job insecurity – due to unemployment or temporary employment – is directly related with a reduction in the academic performance of their children, and its effects are different depending on whether such insecurity is suffered by fathers or mothers.

Skills Acquisition in Immigrant and Non-Immigrant Students

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Skills Acquisition in Immigrant and Non-Immigrant Students

September 2016

Education Social Inclusion
Jorge Calero, Chair Professor of Applied Economics
Josep Oriol Escardíbul, Professor of Applied Economics,
University of Barcelona

The admission of immigrant students in the classroom has represented a significant change for the Spanish education system. Are there differences in the results of immigrant and non-immigrant students? Why?

Reading skills among native and immigrant children: the compensating effect of preschool attendance

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Reading skills among native and immigrant children: the compensating effect of preschool attendance

September 2016

Education Social Inclusion
Johanna Dämmrich, European University Institute

Pre-school education plays a fundamental role in improving reading comprehension capabilities in primary and secondary school, especially among immigrant students. This is shown by the results in the three countries analysed: Spain, Norway and Sweden. 

Social Inequality, Economic Crisis and Health in Spain

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Social Inequality, Economic Crisis and Health in Spain

September 2016

Social Inclusion
Elisa Díaz Martínez, Ideas Laboratory Director,
Fundación Alternativas

Health inequalities exist between Spanish individuals that are related to their socioeconomic situation. An analysis of the effects on social groups would allow effective policies to be designed to combat this inequality. 

Participatory governance of cultural heritage

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Participatory governance of cultural heritage

September 2016

Culture
Margherita Sani,
Istituto per i Beni Artistici, Culturali e Naturali, Emilia-Romagna Region (Italy)

Insofar as cultural heritage is a common good, its governance should be carried out in a way that is transparent and open to citizens; it is for this reason that the contributions of users are as important as the skills of the experts.

Health Inequalities by Education Level and Gender in Spain

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Health Inequalities by Education Level and Gender in Spain

September 2016

Social Inclusion
Aïda Solé-Auró, Department of Political and Social Sciences,
Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona

To what measure do differences in educational level and gender result in a greater or lesser degree of poverty? Despite the advances in healthcare, education and income that have taken place in Spain, inequalities persist based on people’s level of education.

A Snapshot of Energy Poverty

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A Snapshot of Energy Poverty

September 2016

Science
Sergio Tirado Herrero, RMIT University Europe / Asociación de Ciencias Ambientales (Environmental Sciences Association – ACA);José Luis López Fernández, Asociación de Ciencias Ambientales (Environmental Sciences Association – ACA);Luis Jiménez Meneses, Asociación de Ciencias Ambientales (Environmental Sciences Association – ACA)

Energy poverty is a growing phenomenon since the beginning of the crisis in 2008 and the highest incidence is found in certain socioeconomic groups. What are the consequences of this reality? What structural measures would be needed to tackle this problem?

Article Katrien Maes Women sky research

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Article Katrien Maes Women sky research

September 2016

Science
Dr. Katrien Maes, Chief Policy Officer,
League of European Research Universities (LERU)

Increasingly, certain areas of research – such as biomedicine – incorporate the sex and gender dimension into their projects. However, despite its relevance, this question continues to be a pending assignment in the majority of cases.

Social stratification and parental care: an analysis of the Spanish case

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Social stratification and parental care: an analysis of the Spanish case

September 2016

Social Inclusion Education
Pablo Gracia, Department of Sociology, University of Amsterdam

Good parenting is fundamental for children’s development. How does parental dedication differ between social groups? Knowing the answer is essential if we want an equal society.

Attendance at Publicly-Funded Arts Events

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Attendance at Publicly-Funded Arts Events

September 2016

Culture
John W. O’Hagan
Trinity College Dublin 2

What is the cause behind such a high disparity in the participation rates in cultural offerings financed using public funds? Does this have a direct relationship with the population’s level of education?

Climate Change and Human Rights

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Climate Change and Human Rights

September 2016

Science
John H. Knox, United Nations Special Rapporteur on the issue of the human rights and the environment,
Wake Forest University (United States)

John Knox, United Nations Special Rapporteur on human rights and the environment, explains how climate change is endangering the right to life, health, water, food, housing, development and self-determination. 

The Social Elevator

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The Social Elevator

September 2016

Education Social Inclusion
Miguel Requena, Chair Professor of Sociology,
UNED

Despite its perception in recent years, education continues to be a very effective vehicle for social promotion, as well as a more significant factor than social origin in providing access to the professional classes.

Educational expansion and the partial devaluation of credentials

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Educational expansion and the partial devaluation of credentials

October 2016

Education
Luis Ortiz, Professor of Political and Social Sciences
Jorge Rodríguez Menés, Professor of Political and Social Sciences,
Universitat Pompeu Fabra

Has mass access of Spaniards to intermediate and higher education been associated with a deterioration in the quality of educational qualifications, as some international bodies have warned?

Empty Ballot Boxes in the City Suburbs

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Empty Ballot Boxes in the City Suburbs

December 2016

Social Inclusion

Braulio Gómez, Researcher in Political Science at the University of Deusto
Manuel Trujillo, Coordinator of the Statistics Unit at the Advanced Social Studies Institute (IESA-CSIC)

Increasingly, the inhabitants of the suburbs have been choosing not to go and vote. What are the reasons that explain such extreme abstention by this collective in electoral processes? Has the new politics managed to draw greater participation from the more disadvantaged areas?

Los permisos parentales como instrumentos para la igualdad de genero

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Los permisos parentales como instrumentos para la igualdad de genero

February 2017

Social Inclusion
Gerardo Meil, chair professor of Sociology
Jesús Rogero-García, lecturer in Sociology
Pedro Romero-Balsas, lecturer in Sociology,
Autonomous University of Madrid

Today, thanks to policies aimed at reconciling working life and family life, increasing numbers of men are taking parental leave to be able to raise their newborn children. These new policies represent progress towards gender equality, but in Spain a significant difference still exists between men and women in the usage they make of parental leave entitlements.

Evolución comparada de la pobreza infantil, juvenil  y de los mayores en Europa

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Evolución comparada de la pobreza infantil, juvenil y de los mayores en Europa

March 2017

Social Inclusion
Juan J. Fernández, Associate Professor, Department of Social Sciences, Carlos III University, Madrid.

Has the protection of children and young people decreased over the last decade? In many European countries the child poverty rate is higher than the poverty rate among people aged over 64 years. This divergence is especially pronounced in Spain.

Is research responding to health needs?

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Is research responding to health needs?

March 2017

Science
Ismael Ràfols, Ingenio (CSIC-UPV), Universitat Politècnica de València;Alfredo Yegros, University of Leiden (Netherlands)

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.

Overqualification and unemployment in young people. Pathways to employment of university graduates

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Overqualification and unemployment in young people. Pathways to employment of university graduates

April 2017

Education
María Ramos, Post-doctoral researcher at the Carlos III University of Madrid

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.

The unequal impact of social exclusion in Spain (2007-2013)

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The unequal impact of social exclusion in Spain (2007-2013)

April 2017

Social Inclusion
Nerea Zugasti, Lecturer at the Department of Social Work of the Public University of Navarra

Between the years 2007 and 2013, the difficulties faced in employment, housing and health worsened considerably in Spain. This article by the Social Observatory of "la Caixa” reflects on the problems that have intensified social exclusion which affects, above all, the younger population.

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