Liverpool Hope joins EU RE-InVEST project to tackle social inequalityFriday 24 April 2015
Liverpool Hope University’s Department of Social Work, Care and Justice is one of only two UK Universities to take part in a €2.7 million EU project that will attempt to deliver a more inclusive, powerful and effective EU-wide social investment strategy.
RE-InVEST is aimed at gathering evidence to promote an inclusive EU through the development of a social investment strategy at EU level. It also adopts a participative approach that involves the voices of vulnerable groups and civil society organisations.
Dr Joe Greener (Lecturer in Social Work) represented Liverpool Hope at the conference to launch RE-InVEST in Brussels in March.
The partners in the consortium are also members of the informal network ‘the Alliances to fight Poverty’, which includes members from different disciplines in academic, NGO and policy spheres.
Dr Joe Greener said: “The Horizon 20/20 funded Re-InVEST project will attempt to uncover the damaging impact of the crisis on welfare across Europe. For our contribution to the project we will be exploring the experiences of children leaving care since the Coalition’s reforms and conducting research into how welfare professionals have seen their work change as the consequence of privatisation.
"This project provides our department with an exciting prospect to be involved in internationally comparative research which could have significant implications in shaping wider debates on inequality and, hopefully, will result in reinvigorated support for future investment in social protection in both European and national political institutions”
Professor Michael Lavalette said: “The crisis which has affected Europe since 2008 has led to increasing levels of inequality and significant welfare retrenchment and privatisation. Liverpool Hope University’s involvement in the RE-InVEST project will give us the resources and space to research the impact of this on some of our most vulnerable communities. It is significant achievement for our University to be included in this undertaking and reflects our strong commitment to social justice in the policy field.”