ImPRovE: Poverty reduction in Europe: Social Policy and Innovation

  • Novy, Andreas (PI - Project head)
  • Leubolt, Bernhard (Researcher)
  • Weinzierl, Carla (Researcher)
  • Wukovitsch, Florian (Researcher)

Project Details


ImPRovE (Poverty Reduction in Europe: Social Policy and Innovation) is an international research project that aims to improve the basis for evidence-based policy making in the area of poverty, inequality, social policy and social innovation in Europe. It is carried out by the ImPRovE Consortium and co-financed by the European Commission (Project officer at the European Commission: Marc Goffart). The project runs from March 2012 till February 2016 and is co-ordinated by the Herman Deleeck Centre for Social Policy (University of Antwerp, Belgium).

The two central questions driving the ImPRovE project are:

1. How can social cohesion be achieved in Europe?

2. How can social innovation complement, reinforce and modify macro-level policies and vice versa?

The output of ImPRovE will include over 55 research papers, about 16 policy briefs and at least 3 scientific books. The ImPRovE Consortium will organise two international conferences (March 2014 and February 2016). In addition, ImPRovE will develop a new database of local projects of social innovation in Europe, cross-national comparable reference budgets for 6 countries (Belgium, Finland, Greece, Hungary, Spain and the United Kingdom) and will strongly expand the available policy scenarios in the European microsimulation model EUROMOD.

Financing body

EU - European Commission
Effective start/end date1/03/1229/02/16

Collaborative partners

  • Vienna University of Economics and Business (lead)
  • University of Essex (Project partner)
  • Athens University of Economics and Business (Project partner)
  • The London School of Economics and Political Science (Project partner)
  • TARKI Social Research Institute (Project partner)
  • University of Antwerp (Project partner)
  • Universität Turku (Project partner)

Austrian Classification of Fields of Science and Technology (OEFOS)

  • 507019 Urban development planning
  • 502014 Innovation research
  • 507014 Regional development