What is it about?

Key Publications

New Book: The Future of Welfare in a Global Europe
The European welfare state is generally considered to be one of the finest achievements of the post-1945 world. Set up to eradicate poverty by providing a minimum standard of living and social safety net, the welfare state has come under increasing strain from ageing societies, growing unemployment, a deskilling society, and mass migration (both from inside and outside of Europe).

With contributions from some of Europe’s leading experts on this subject, and edited by Bernd Marin, this path-breaking volume highlights the internal and external pressures on the welfare state and asks whether any European welfare model is sustainable in the long term. This book will be of interest to all students, academics and professions working in the field of European social policy. Read more and for orders click here.
Book Contribution: The Political Economy of Household Services in Europe
This volume, edited by Clément Carbonnier and Nathalie Morel, analyses the aims pursued with policies to promote household services across Europe. Juliane Winkelmann, Andrea E. Schmidt and Kai Leichsenring highlighted the formalisation of a dual care labour market in a chapter entitled 'Regulating migrants as a low-cost solution'. This contribution is based on research carried out during the project 'Evaluating Care Across Borders' (ECAB). For more information and a discount voucher for orders click here.
New Policy Brief: Housing Conditions and Poverty across the EU, 2007 - 2012
In the September Policy Brief, Orsolya Lelkes and Eszter Zólyomi provide an overview of housing deficiencies in EU Member States and examine the extent to which housing quality is linked to low income. The results suggest that housing conditions are correlated with a country’s affluence and that there is a marked East-West divide within the EU. The poor tend to be more exposed to overcrowded conditions and are also more likely to experience multiple housing quality deficiencies, thus highlighting the need for more coherent and comprehensive policies of social inclusion especially for low income groups. Read more


COST Action IS1402 on Ageism
European Centre researchers Ricardo Rodrigues and Stefania Ilinca represent Austria as members of the COST Action IS1402 on Ageism, a trans-European research networking platform that aims to better the lives of older adults by enhancing scientific knowledge and attention to the phenomenon of ageism. The group focuses on interdisciplinary research on ageism in the health and long term care systems, in the legal system, in the media, in the workforce and on internalized age stereotypes and has recently met in Berlin for a bi-annual management committee meeting. For more details on our work, publications and future events, please visit: notoageism.com
Scoping study on communication to address and prevent chronic diseases
The results of the Scoping study on communication to address and prevent chronic diseases, commissioned by DG SANTE, have now been made public. The report aims to provide an overview of the key design principles for public health communication campaigns in cross-border settings, identifying differences in communicating about the major risk factors (tobacco use, physical inactivity, harmful use of alcohol and unhealthy diet) and existing good practices. The European Centre team was involved in the result validation phase of the project, organizing a series of expert focus groups and contributing to the report the section on the testing and application of the design principles.

The full text of the report is available here.


Ricardo Rodrigues Speaker at 1st State Congress of Social Services
Ricardo Rodrigues participated as a speaker in the 1st State Congress of Social Services in Vitoria, Spain, 29-30 September, organized by IMSERSO, which debated the current state and challenges facing social services in Spain. In his presentation Ricardo Rodrigues gave a brief overview of some common trends in long-term care in Europe (e.g. ageing in place, ‘re-discovery’ of informal care) and common challenges (e.g. dementia, equity in access, more integrated care for older people) and how these fit into the current debates on long-term care in Spain.
Ricardo Rodrigues Keynote Speaker at Seminar on "Ageing in Portuguese Society: The Roles of the State, Family and Civil Society"
Ricardo Rodrigues was one of the keynote speakers at the Seminar on “Ageing in Portuguese Society: The Roles of the State, Family and Civil Society”. His keynote addressed precisely the different roles and responsibilities assigned to the State, family and the market across different long-term care models in Europe and how this division of responsibilities carries with it different trade-offs and shapes policy outcomes (e.g. gender equality, employment, fiscal sustainability). The contents of the presentation will feature in a book on the topic of Ageing in Portuguese Society. For more information click here.
Paper presented at the annual ESPAnet Conference on the impact of the financial crisis on access to healthcare in Portugal
The 2015 ESPAnet Conference on “The Lost and the New Worlds of Welfare”, held at the University of Southern Denmark in Odense from September 3-5, marked the 25th anniversary of the seminal The Three Worlds of Welfare Capitalism. Attending from the European Centre, Katharine Schulmann presented a paper co-authored with Ricardo Rodrigues and Eszter Zólyomi on the effects of the financial crisis on access to healthcare services in Portugal. The research demonstrated that policies implemented in the wake of the crisis, particularly the increase in co-payment rates and changes to the co-payment exemption system, have negatively impacted access to healthcare services.

Management and Staff

Changes to Management
Prof. Dr. Bernd Marin and the European Centre for Social Welfare Policy and Research want to announce, that Prof. Marin resigned from his function as Executive Director on September 11th 2015 and left the European Centre as of September 30th 2015 in mutual consent. Prof. Dr. Bernd Marin will further focus on his research and scientific publications. The European Centre for Social Welfare Policy and Research thanks its long-standing and successful director for all the internationally recognized work in the last decades and wishes that he remains in friendship with the European Centre, welfare policy and social research as a whole.
Until a new director is approved by the Board of Directors, Ricardo Rodrigues, as Interim Director and Judith Schreiber, as the Deputy will ensure the interim leadership and management of the European Centre.
Orsolya Lelkes on Leave of Absence
Orsolya Lelkes, Head of Work, Wealth and Welfare Programme, will be on leave of absence for one year. She is expected to be back in October 2016. We wish her a fruitful and inspiring time.
Vacancy: Senior Researcher/Social Policy Analyst with Specialisation in Labour Market
We are looking for a senior researcher to permanently reinforce our research team. The ideal candidate has proven experience in project acquisition and management; is a team player; and has proven ability to work on one or more of the following areas related with labour market in an international comparative perspective: transitions into and out of unemployment, activation of older workers, lifelong learning, youth unemployment and transitions from education to employment, workplace practices, industrial relations, vocational training. Please note that the closing date for applying is 10 November 2015. For more information on the job profile, please see "Vacancy Senior Researcher / Social Policy Analyst with specialisation in labour market".