The Social Sciences and Humanities (SSH) comprise a range of scientific disciplines examining the relations between humans in their societal contexts. While the Humanities deal particularly with history, culture and various forms of human behaviour, Social Sciences tend to focus on the social interactions of individual human beings and groups. They address questions such as: How do people live and
work together in contemporary societies? Why do individuals organise themselves into communities and want to share the same future? What do Europeans think about globalisation and how do they react to it? Why and how do citizens engage in or abstain from electoral and other forms of political participation? Addressing such far-reaching questions, the SSH play a critical role in anticipating and accompanying the evolution of societies, while satisfying humanity’s deeprooted interest in reflecting on life. The European Union’s Framework Programmes for Research and Innovation support research on the EU as a global actor. EU funded SSH research projects cover several aspects relevant for the EU’s external actions and contribute to the evidence base and sound understanding of the external environment that the EU operates in.