Comments please: How can social sciences and humanities be better integrated in research on ‘Societal Challenges’?

ECPR Standing Group |

In an earlier post, Thomas Koenig wrote about the upcoming Lithuanian EU Presidency conference ‘Horizons for Social Sciences and Humanities’, which reacts to the so-called ‘integrative approach’ the European Commission proposed in the preparation of the ‘Horizon 2020’ research funding programme; more precisely the third pillar known as the ‘societal challenges’. Seven such challenges have been predefined by Commission (in collaboration with European Parliament and European Council).

He now asks: What does integration of social sciences and humanities actually mean? Can “SSH” really contribute to “societal challenges”? And what is required to make this possible?

He is curious to hear your opinion: please share in the comments section.