Other Research

Project in the spotlight

GRADIENT - Health inequalities are currently regarded as one of the most important public health challenges in the EU. However, we do not have sufficient knowledge of which actions are effective to level up the gradient in health inequalities. GRADIENT (2009 – 2012) aimed to address this knowledge gap, insuring that political momentum is maintained and that operational strategies can be developed to make progress on this issue. The focus of the research project was on families and children, since the greatest impact on reducing the health gradient can be achieved through early life policy interventions and by creating equal opportunities during childhood and adolescence.

Current FP7 health inequalities Projects

DEMETRIQ - Developing methodologies to reduce inequalities in the determinants of health (2012-2014). This research project aims to evaluate the impact of a broad spectrum of social, economic and health policies on the pattern and magnitude of health inequalities. “Natural policy experiments” in the fields of unemployment and poverty reduction; tobacco and alcohol control; and access to education and preventive health care will be used in order to access these policies´ health effects across different socio-economic groups. DEMETRIQ will also synthesize and disseminate found evidence.

SILNE - Tackling socioeconomic inequalities in smoking: learning from natural experiments by time trend analyses and cross-national comparisons (2012-2014). The objective of the project is to analyse several “natural experiments” in order to generate new empirical evidence to inform strategies to reduce socioeconomic inequalities in smoking. Natural experiments will relate national tobacco control policies and educational systems with smoking cessation and initiation. SILNE will also disseminate the project results properly integrated with past evidence.

SOPHIE - Evaluating the Impact of Structural Policies on Health Inequalities and their Social Determinants, and Fostering Change (2011-2015). SOPHIE aims to generate new evidence on the impact of structural policies on health inequalities, and to develop innovative methodologies for the evaluation of these policies in Europe. Particular attention will be put in increasing the involvement of affected stakeholders (civil society and deprived population groups) in the identification, design and evaluation of policies to tackle health inequalities.

Other research projects

AMELI - Advanced methodology for European Laeken indicators - measuring social cohesion in the EU (2008-2011).

CHANCES - Consortium on Health and Ageing: Network of Cohorts in Europe and the United States.

CHICOS - Developing a Child Cohort Research Strategy for Europe.

CSEYHP - Combating social exclusion of young homeless people (2008-2011).

Emotional Resilience - Helping homeless people to thrive in work: The role of emotional resilience (2009-2010).

EU Kids Online I & II - Enhancing Knowledge Regarding European Children’s Use, Risk and Safety Online & European Research on Cultural, Contextual and Risk Issues in Children's Safe Use of the Internet and New Media (2006-2011).

EU Review of Health Inequalities - This review was commissioned by the European Commission (EC), with the aim of producing a comprehensive report on health inequalities and the actions being taken to combat them in the EU (2010-2013).

EUMARGINS - On the Margins of the European Community - Youth adult immigrants in seven European countries (2008-2011).

GINI - Economic and educational drivers and the social, cultural and political impacts of increasing inequality (2010-2013).

HAPIEE - Health, Alcohol and Psychosocial factors In Eastern Europe (2002-2012).

Families in Society - Changing families and sustainable societies: Policy contexts and diversity over the life course and across generations (2013-2017).

Health Equity Action - European Portal for Action on Health Inequalities.

incluD-ed - incluD-ed analyses educational strategies that contribute to overcome inequalities and promote social cohesion, and educational strategies that generate social exclusion, particularly focusing on vulnerable and marginalised groups (2006-2011).

INEQ-Cities - Socio-economic inequalities in mortality: evidence and policies in cities of Europe (2009-2012).

IProSec - Improving Policy Responses and Outcomes to Socio-Economic Challenges: changing family structures, policy and practice (2000-2003).

JobMob and FamLives - Job Mobilities and Family Lives in Europe: Modern Mobile Living and its Relation to Quality of Life (2006-2008).

Making Work, Work - Campaign showing the findings of "Work it out: barriers to employment for homeless people" (2008).

MULTILINKS - How demographic changes shape intergenerational solidarity, well-being, and social integration: a multilinks framework (2008-2011).

RECWOWE - Network of Excellence on Reconciling Work and Welfare in Europe (2006-2011).

Reducing Health Inequalities - Reducing mental health inequalities: Increasing the number of people with mental health issues who stay in employment during treatment (2010-2011).

ReTHI - The ReTHI project (2010-2013) aims to raise awareness of the socio-economic determinants of health inequalities and defining strategies that promote health and equity as core values in all policies.

RICHE - Research Inventory for Child Health in Europe.

SOCCARE - Comparative European research project that studied informal and formal social care arrangements for young children and older people (2000-2003).

Social Polis - The Social Platform on Cities and Social Cohesion (2007-2009).

Social Stress and Health in Midlife and Early Old Age - Analysing the effects of social stress on subjective and objective human health, in particular on stress-related diseases (cardiovascular diseases, affective disorders) and on aging (cognitive functioning).

SPReW - Generational Approach to the Social Patterns of Relations to Work (2006-2008).

Study on Child Poverty and Well-Being in the EU - Study on Child Poverty and Well Being in the EU (2010).

WHO European Review - Social determinants of health and the health divide in the WHO European Region (2010-2012).

WORKCARE - Social quality and changing relationships between work, care and welfare in Europe (2006-2009).

Working for Equity in Health - A project funded by PROGRESS which explores the relationship between work, worklessness and social protection as social determinants of health inequalities, with an assets based approach (2011-2012).

YIPPEE - Young people from a public care background: pathways to education in Europe (2008-2011).