ImPRovE: Poverty reduction in Europe: Social Policy and Innovation

Type Research Project

Funding Bodies
  • EU - European Commission

Duration March 1, 2012 - Feb. 29, 2016
  • Institute for Multi-Level Governance and Development IN (Details)


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  • Leubolt, Bernhard (Former researcher)
  • Novy, Andreas (Details) Project Head
  • Weinzierl, Carla (Former researcher)
  • Wukovitsch, Florian (Former researcher)

Abstract (English)

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.


  • University of Essex - United Kingdom
  • Athens University of Economics and Business - Greece
  • London School of Economics - United Kingdom
  • TARKI Social Research Institute - Hungary
  • University of Antwerp - Belgium
  • University of Turku - Finland


Journal article

2013 Leubolt, Bernhard. 2013. Institutions, discourse and welfare: Brazil as a distributional regime. Global Social Policy 13 (1): 66-83. (Details)
2012 Wehr, Ingrid, Leubolt, Bernhard, Schaffar, Wolfram. 2012. Welfare Regimes in the Global South: A Short Introduction. Journal für Entwicklungspolitik (JEP) 28 (1): 6-13. (Details)

Chapter in edited volume

2012 Leubolt, Bernhard, Romão, Wagner, Becker, Joachim, Novy, Andreas. 2012. Re-evaluating Participatory Governance in Brazil. In: Civil Society and the State in Left-Led Latin America: Challenges and Limitations to Democratisation, Hrsg. Cannon, Barry, Kirby, Peadar, 78-93. London: ZedBooks. (Details)

Edited book (editorship)

2012 Wehr, Ingrid, Leubolt, Bernhard, Schaffar, Wolfram, Hrsg. 2012. Journal für Entwicklungspolitik. Special Issue "Welfare Regimes in the Global South" Wien: Mandelbaum. (Details)

Paper presented at an academic conference or symposium

2014 Novy, Andreas. 2014. Uma nova Grande Transformacao: Implicacoes para a Europa. Ciclo de Debates FEE (Fundacao de Economia e Estatistica, Porto Alegre), Porto Alegre, Brasilien, 25.4.2014. (Details)
2012 Leubolt, Bernhard. 2012. Globale Ungleichheit. Studientag der Austrian Development Agency (ADA): "Soziale Ungleichheit erneut im Blick: Europäische und global-entwicklungspolitische Perspektiven", Wien, Bruno Kreisky Forum, Österreich, 15.11.. Vortrag auf Einladung (Details)
  Leubolt, Bernhard. 2012. Referent beim Workshop "Wir planen Stadt. Partizipation in der Stadtentwicklung". Zukunftskongress der Grünen Bildungswerkstatt "Die Stadt sind wir. Partizipation und Demokratie gemeinsam weiterentwickeln", Graz, Österreich, 20.10.. Vortrag auf Einladung (Details)

Working/discussion paper, preprint

2016 Leubolt, Bernhard and Romao, Wagner and Novy, Andreas. 2016. Recycling, collective self-management and social inclusion: Movimento Nacional dos Catadores de materiais Recicláveis Sao Paulo. IMPROVE Case Study. open access (Details)
2015 Novy, Andreas. 2015. A Good Life for all - A European development model. SRE-Discussion Papers and SRE-Research Reports (SRE-DISC.2015/03). (Details)
  Weinzierl, Carla and Novy, Andreas. 2015. ERfA - Experience for All: Sewing Workshop. IMPROVE Case Study. (Details)
  Wukovitsch, Florian and Weinzierl, Carla and Novy, Andreas. 2015. Vielfalter – Diversity as Chance. IMPROVE Case Study. open access (Details)
2013 Oosterlynck, Stijn, Kazepov, Yuri, Novy, Andreas, Cools, Pieter, Wukovitsch, Florian, Saruis, Tatiana, Barberis, Eduardo, Leubolt, Bernhard. 2013. Exploring the multi-level governance of welfare and social innovation. ImPRovE Discussion paper 13/12. (Details)
  Oosterlynck, Stijn, Kazepov, Yuri, Novy, Andreas, Cools, Pieter, Barberis, Eduardo, Wukovitsch, Florian, Saruis, Tatiana, Leubolt, Bernhard. 2013. The butterfly and the elephant: local social innovation, the welfare state and new poverty dynamics. (Details)

Unpublished lecture

2015 Leubolt, Bernhard. 2015. Solidarische Ökonomie und soziale Innovation in Brasilien. Globale Perspektiven – lokale Möglichkeiten: Solidarökonomie und Entwicklungspolitik als nachhaltige Armutsbekämpfung? Innsbruck, 04.12. (Details)


  • 5610 Urban development planning (Details)
  • 5350 Innovation research (Details)
  • 5000 Social Sciences (Details)
  • 5608 Regional development planning (Details)


  • Social Inclusion
  • Poverty Reduction