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Call for Applications: Summer School 'Data for Monitoring Poverty and Vulnerabilities in Europe'


Deadline: 12 April 2020


General information

Building a fairer Europe and strengthening its social dimension has become a key priority for the European Union and the new Commission. To this aim, the European Pillar of Social Rights (EPSR) establishes programmatic principles for the achievement of a stronger social Europe. Monitoring the evolution of the social situation via tracking trends, performances and analysing data on poverty, vulnerability and living conditions is crucial to achieve social goals.

Against this background, the summer school on Data for Monitoring Poverty and Vulnerabilities in Europe will provide an overview on: (i) data availability at EU level for monitoring poverty, vulnerability and living standards, (ii) how such data are being and can be used for research and policy, and (iii) the main findings from ongoing research. The summer school will also give the opportunity to the participants to delve on data on different aspects of poverty such as in-work poverty, child poverty and housing exclusion.

Instructors include leading experts in the field as well as policy makers. They will guide participants across the different topics through keynote speeches, lectures, hands-on workshops on specific case studies and data visualisation.

This Summer School is the first out of two organised by CEPS under the Poverty and Living Conditions Pillar of InGRID-2. It targets advanced graduate students, early-stage researchers, PhD students and policy makers. Selected participants are expected to share knowledge, participate actively in debates, present their research and give feedback to other participants.


The winter school is organised by the Centre of European Policy Studies (CEPS), Brussels, Belgium.

Location of the Winter School: CEPS premises, 1 Place du Congrès, 1000 Brussels, Belgium.


Start: Wednesday 17 June 2020, 9:30.
End: Friday 19 June 2020, 14:00.

How to apply?

Please send your CV and a short motivation letter via the application form.

Submit an abstract of maximum 300 words about one of the following topics:

  • Poverty in Europe (e.g. in-work poverty, child poverty, housing exclusion)
  • Poverty and social conditions among vulnerable groups
  • Monitoring social conditions at EU level and European countries
  • Basic income

Selected applicants are expected to present their work during the summer school in an interactive poster session. This session will be the opportunity to display and discuss own research project in a visually attractive manner, as well as to get feedback.

Deadline for application

Selected applicants will be notified of admission by 30 April 2020.

Participants will have their travel costs reimbursed and receive a daily allowance to cover their accommodation costs.

Important: Exercises will be carried out using participants’ private computers.

(Draft) Programme of the summer school

DAY 1 – Wednesday 17 June
  • Welcome and presentation of INGRID-2
  • Lecture on the Measurement of Poverty in Europe
  • Lecture on European Social Monitoring, the European Semester and the use of the social scoreboard
  • Interactive poster session
  • Welcome Dinner
DAY 2 - Thursday 18 June
  • Case study on data on childhood poverty / housing exclusion and homelessness
  • Workshop on how to measure in-work poverty
  • Workshop on data visualisation
  • Interactive poster session
DAY 3 – Friday 19 June
  • Wrap up session
  • Public event on the minimum basic income

(This draft programme can be subject to modifications.)


CEPS premises, 1 Place du Congrès, 1000 Brussels, Belgium