WWWforEurope:Welfare, Wealth and Work

2012 - 2015

The WWWforEurope research project proposed a comprehensive strategy to set Europe on a dynamic path to a socio-ecological transition. The proposed strategy had been medium to long-term in nature; solving short-run problems in specific countries may require some policy instruments not covered, but even then should nevertheless take this longer view into account.

WWWforEurope respected different starting positions and heterogeneous preferences, and also acknowledged the high degree of uncertainty deriving from new challenges and disruptive technological innovations.

The strategy cannot serve as a blueprint for solving all current and future problems or for exploiting all new opportunities, but it initially aims to develop guiding principles, then drivers of change and, last but not least, facilitators of strategy implementation which, combined, should support transition under very different real-world circumstances.

The WWWforEurope project set out to find answers to many questions, central among them: What kind of development strategy should Europe opt for in the face of the financial crisis and the big challenges ahead: globalisation, demographic shifts, climate change and new technologies? What kind of strategy will guarantee Welfare, Wealth and Work for Europe in the long term?

After four years of work by researchers from 34 institutions, please find the WWWforEurope project's answers in the Synthesis Reports