Article

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

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.

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

Interview

“There is no real evidence to say this will be the first generation not to reach the standard of living of its parents”

Social Inclusion Education
Robert Erikson, researcher at the Swedish Institute for Social Research (SOFI) and professor at Stockholm University
Does education really remove social barriers? Robert Erikson analyses the degree of social mobility in advanced democracies.
“There is no real evidence to say this will be the first generation not to reach the standard of living of its parents”

Report

Economic and material wellbeing

Social Inclusion
Luis Ayala Cañón, Rosa Martínez López, Universidad Rey Juan Carlos and EQUALITAS; Olga Cantó Sánchez, Marina Romaguera de la Cruz, Universidad de Alcalá and EQUALITAS; Carolina Navarro Ruiz, UNED and EQUALITAS
Any household must face up to three challenges: having a sufficient income, maintaining a financial balance and avoiding situations of poverty. This report analyses the social needs linked to material living conditions.
Economic and material wellbeing

Article

Ageing in rural areas: an opportunity to change gender relations?

Social Inclusion
Begoña Elizalde-San Miguel, Public University of Navarra

Ageing and the care of elderly people in rural areas pose a challenge and an opportunity for change: with an ever older and increasingly male population, men will have to become more involved in the caregiver role, traditionally associated with women.

Ageing in rural areas: an opportunity to change gender relations?

Interview

“Culture belongs to the upper classes. It is hard to attract families with lower education levels”

Culture
Françoise Benhamou, professor of Economics of the University of Paris-13, and specialist in the field of the economics of culture

How can the cultural consumption of the new generations, particularly that of families with lower educational levels, be increased? Françoise Benhamou provides some key points in this interview.  

“Culture belongs to the upper classes. It is hard to attract families with lower education levels”

Infodata

Elderly people (65-74 years) and new technologies

Social Inclusion
Over the course of the last decade, the number of elderly people who make use of new technologies has not ceased to grow. By 2017, some 28% were sending messages via electronic means.
Elderly people (65-74 years) and new technologies

Highlights

Reviews

Barometer

Barometer

Context Indicators

Using a series of basic indicators and synthetic indicators on social, demographic and economic issues, this section of the Social Observatory of “la Caixa” offers a view in figures of the social reality of Spain within the European and international context.

Context Indicators

Barometer

Social Inclusion Indicators

Social Inclusion

What is the country’s socioeconomic situation? The Social Observatory of “la Caixa” includes in this section a series of indicators that offer a current-day snapshot of the relationship between the economy and people, analysing aspects such as the composition of households or labour market access in comparison with the societies of peer countries.

Social Inclusion Indicators

Barometer

Education Indicators

Education

Where is education heading? In this section the Social Observatory of “la Caixa” presents a series of indicators are presented that are key to understanding the situation of education in our society. The majority have been built using data from international databases such as the European Social Survey (ESS) or the PISA Report, among others.

Education Indicators

Barometer

Science, Innovation and Environment Indicators

Science

Research is a potential driving force for promoting economic growth and social welfare. What is the relative effort in research that different countries make? What economic activities are related to that research? This set of indicators provides an introduction to the history of research and innovation in various countries.

Science, Innovation and Environment Indicators

Barometer

Culture Indicators

Culture

How is our country positioned in cultural questions? Understanding culture in its broadest form, the indicators presented by the Social Observatory of “la Caixa” in this section allow us to interpret how culture is interrelated, within a European context, with today’s social and economic reality.

Culture Indicators

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4th Call for Applications Projects for Reflection Palau Macaya

The next Call for Applications is open for Projects for Reflection, Debate and Methodology. Applications can be presented from 12 September to 12 November. Consult the terms and conditions here.

4th Call for Applications Projects for Reflection Palau Macaya