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Women live more years, but not always with health and happiness

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Women live more years, but not always with health and happiness

February 2019

Social Inclusion Science
Aïda Solé-Auró, Pompeu Fabra University

Is living longer synonymous with good health? The following study compares, within the European context, life expectancy and happiness among men and women.

The new generation of digital technologies in Spain

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The new generation of digital technologies in Spain

February 2019

Josep Lladós, Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC)

Will new-generation technologies substitute the most routine jobs? Discover the impact of automation on the world of work. 

Does science advance one funeral at a time?

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Does science advance one funeral at a time?

July 2019

Science
Christian Fons-Rosen, Pompeu Fabra University

What happens when a scientist conducting high-level research dies prematurely? This article confirms a proliferation of articles by new researchers, with disruptive ideas, in the field of the deceased person.

Do we take the medication that doctors prescribe for us?

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Do we take the medication that doctors prescribe for us?

March 2019

Science
Ignacio Aznar Lou, Parc Sanitari Sant Joan de Déu; María Rubio Valera, Parc Sanitari Sant Joan de Déu

Not following the treatments prescribed in primary healthcare has an economic impact, due to higher probabilities of absence from work and of the use of emergency healthcare services. We analyse this situation.

The risks to babies’ health posed by planned early delivery for non-medical reasons

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The risks to babies’ health posed by planned early delivery for non-medical reasons

January 2019

Science
Cristina Borra, Universidad de Sevilla; Libertad González, Universitat Pompeu Fabra; Almudena Sevilla, University College London

Planned early delivery for non-medical reasons may have negative consequences for babies’ health. The cancellation of Spain’s “baby cheque” made it possible to investigate the impact of this practice on infant health.     

Cities, pollution and climate change: to what extent can green infrastructure help?

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Cities, pollution and climate change: to what extent can green infrastructure help?

October 2018

Science
Francesc Baró, postdoctoral researcher at the Institute of Environmental Science and Technology (ICTA-UAB); "la Caixa” Social Observatory Award for the best article in the field of Science

Could we convert cities into healthy places to live? This article analyses to what point so-called “green infrastructures” can offset carbon emissions and decrease air pollution in the city.

Environment and employment: is there a prize for clean play?

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Environment and employment: is there a prize for clean play?

February 2018

Science
Ester Martínez-Ros, University Carlos III de Madrid

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.

Forest fires in Spain: importance, diagnosis, and proposals for a more sustainable future

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Forest fires in Spain: importance, diagnosis, and proposals for a more sustainable future

August 2017

Science
Fernando Prieto, Sustainability Observatory

Forest fires are a recurring problem that destroy tens of thousands of hectares of woodland every year. In this article by the Social Observatory of “la Caixa”, we analyse sustainable solutions for the long term within a "green employment strategy". 

Is research responding to health needs?

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Is research responding to health needs?

March 2018

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.

Occupations in transformation: who will be affected by technological change?

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Occupations in transformation: who will be affected by technological change?

November 2017

Science
Aina Gallego, Institut Barcelona d’Estudis Internacionals

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”.