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Research and innovation

Global justice and stability

Research facilitated by the Commission in this area and policy briefs from related projects. 

The EU's external policies and the role of research

The EU’s external policies, strategies, instruments and missions have 4 key aims

  • support stability
  • promote human rights and democracy 
  • promote prosperity
  • support the enforcement of the rule of law and good governance

These aims will be achieved through a combination of policies, including the

The role of Social Sciences and Humanities(SSH) research

SSH research projects contribute to the evidence base and sound understanding of the external environment that the EU operates in.

They assess the root causes of instability and the connections between security and democracy as well as gender equality, social values and economic conditions in the wider European neighbourhood.

Research also addresses the internal and external dimension of EU human rights policy in general and on the challenges to ensure consistency between the different areas of its external action and internal policies. Social sciences and humanities research furthermore plays an important role in addressing the policy aspects of international cooperation and development policy.


  • Report
  • Agencia Ejecutiva Europea de Investigación

Diversity, democracy and solidarity in EU societies

The H2020 research projects presented in here share a common goal: helping understand how to create a more cohesive, inclusive and democratic Europe.

  • Report
  • Dirección General de Investigación e Innovación

Our neighbours

Research and innovation in support of the EU's neighbourhood policy