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National Centre for Social Research (EKKE)

The National Centre for Social Research (EKKE) is the succesor of the Centre of Social Studies (founded in 1959).

EKKE is a legal public entity, with its headquarters in Athens, and is supervised by the Ministry of Development (GSRT). It is the most significant public agency in the field of social research.

The objectives of EKKE are the systematic study of Greece's social-economic reality and the drawing of comparisons with other countries for the formulation and development of social policy.

The Centre pursues fertile contact between its researchers and the scientific commnunity in its entirety. The Centre's research staff is composed of scientists from a broad range of specialties and fields of expertise: sociologists, anthropologists, civil scientists, economists, demographers, criminologists, statisticians, historians etc. The administration and scientific staff, with the support of a fully equipped computer center, monitor and continually assess to assure that the quality of the work produced is of the highest calibre.

INSTITUTE OF SOCIAL POLICY
The research strategy of the specific organization is set based on specific strategy axes:

  • The systematic research, observation and record of the relevant procedures.
  • The development of substructures, semantic frames, methods and technics that ensure the accumulation of the observations, as well as their diffusion to other organizations of analysis and policymaking.
  • The systematic collaboration of the organizations activated on the social research as producers or as consumers of data (universities, various levels of the local administration, public and private sector etc)
  • The existence of strategy nodes of coordination.

The main axes of the strategy adopted by the organization today, are the following:
·  Social State
Research within this area focuses on the theoretical, historical and empirical exploration and analysis of the form, the development, and the nature of the welfare state in Greece, comparative social policy, welfare state typologies, analysis and evaluation of the macroeconomic and the fiscal dimensions of social policy and the contemporary evolution of policy frameworks. Emphasis is added in the empirical and theoretical exploration of the social insurance system, the health system and policies in the fields of employment and education. The major research fields, representing the expertise and the interests of the Institute's research staff, are: The social insurance and the reform of the pension system in relation to demographic ageing and the labour market in Greece and the EU. The Social Care and National Health Systems in Greece: Policies and Reform prospects. Social welfare and family policy - Informal social and family networks as agents of social protection - Monitoring and evaluation of the effectiveness of welfare agencies - Policies for education, employment and vocational training - the relationship between the educational system and the labour market - the development of methods and tools for the evaluation of the educational process - The impacts of globalisation on education and vocational training systems - demand and supply of educational and training services - New employment forms and work organisation - Unemployment and policies- Work and family - Education and training in Greece and the EU. The social economy and its potentials in Greece and the EU - Relations of the Third Sector to public and social policy - Social economy and the promotion of social cohesion.
·  Social Demography
The research area involves work focusing on the demographic phenomena in Greece and the development of population structures with regard to employment, education, social insurance, migration and migration policy, given that Greece has become a "host" country for immigrants in recent years. Some of the major research fields within this area are: Systematic monitoring of key demographic data (fertility, mortality, etc) and the impacts of social policy in demographic structures. Interpretative approaches to demographic developments. The relationship between demographic developments and the population ageing, and its impact on socio-economic life. The impact of demographic developments on the educational and training systems. Population projections.
·  Social Inequality
The distribution of income, consumption and wealth continues to be a central area of INSPO research. Amongst the many aspects of our work in this area, we seek to chart, explain, and understand changes in inequality in employment, health, education, income, wealth, wages, earnings and consumption, in Greece and the EU and their dynamics. We also seek to examine the effectiveness of a wide range of policies aimed at reducing poverty - including taxes and benefits, and other types of policy interventions - both at home and abroad. Our research is also concerned with the welfare implications of changes both to inequality and poverty. These depend on how far they are caused by permanent changes in the relative standings of individuals in the income distribution (e.g. a change in the return to certain skills caused by technical progress) or by changes in the frequency of short-lived events (e.g. temporary layoffs), as well as the availability to individuals of specific insurance and other mechanisms to mitigate unexpected events. A major aspect in this area is the theoretical and empirical exploration of the "social exclusion" concept, including issues related to the various facets of violence, policies to combat it, and initiatives for the integration of offenders. Some of the major research fields within this area are: Unemployment and exclusion from the labour market - The labour market situation of specific groups - Long term unemployment and its implications, etc. Inequality of access to higher education. Education and social mobility. Social and occupational integration / reintegration of ex-prisoners and persons with disabilities. Economic inequality - the distribution of income, consumption and wealth in relation to social and economic characteristics of the population - The determinants and the evolution of inequality - Relations between the personal and the functional income distribution - The Redistribution effects of public policy - Metho

INSTITUTE OF POLITICAL SOCIOLOGY
The research strategy of the specific organization is set based on specific strategy axes:

  • The systematic research, observation and record of the relevant procedures.
  • The development of substructures, semantic frames, methods and technics that ensure the accumulation of the observations, as well as their diffusion to other organizations of analysis and policymaking.
  • The systematic collaboration of the organizations activated on the social research as producers or as consumers of data (universities, various levels of the local administration, public and private sector etc)
  • The existence of strategy nodes of coordination.

The main axes of the strategy adopted by the organization today, are the following:
·  Social Cohesion
Main Research Fields : a) Social Exclusion, B) Political Culure, C) Deliquency, Penalty and Punishment and D) Nationalism, Xenophobia
·  Society of Information - Media and Politics
Main Research Fields f : A) Modernization of the Public Administration, B) Political and Socials Sets and C) Digitization of Political Pictures
·  Political System - Institutions - Democracy
Main Research Fields : A) State Politics, B) Law - Justice, C) Political Parties, D) Education and E) Socila Conflicts and Social Negotiation.
·  Political Behaviour
Main Research Fields : A) Electoral Sociology and B) Voting Behaviour

INSTITUTE OF URBAN AND RURAL SOCIOLOGY
The research strategy of the specific organization is set based on specific strategy axes:

  • The systematic research, observation and record of the relevant procedures.
  • The development of substructures, semantic frames, methods and technics that ensure the accumulation of the observations, as well as their diffusion to other organizations of analysis and policymaking.
  • The systematic collaboration of the organizations activated on the social research as producers or as consumers of data (universities, various levels of the local administration, public and private sector etc)
  • The existence of strategy nodes of coordination.

The main axes of the strategy adopted by the organization today, are the following:
·  Social and Economic Development/ Viable Development
Main Research fields : A) Development of the rural area, B) Development and Management of the urban area, C) Environment, and D) Tourism.
·  Demographic Phenomena
Main Research fields: A) Immigration, B) Ageing, and C) Households and Families
·  Social Structures/Practices
Main Research fields : A) Labour Market, B) Social Structure/ Mobility, C) Culture- Cultural Identities- Collective Memory.
·  Forms of Social Control
Main Research Fields : A) New Forms of Governance, B) Social State - a) Education - Training, b) Policies fot the Family, c) Policies for the equality of the sexes and d) Social Exclusion.

Scientific Information and Publications Directorate

  • The publishing activity of the National Centre for Social Research began in 1962. For the last years, the largest part of this activity has been focused on the production and dissemination of books containing outcomes of researches carried out within EKKE as well as on the publication of other scientific works (Working Papers etc.), which means that EKKE's publishing strategy will keep pace with its broader research-oriented strategy.

    EKKE's periodical publication, The Greek Review of Social Research, which has played host to a considerable number of theoretical quests and research-oriented endeavours emanating from all the spectra of social sciences, has the pride of place. By the publication of 3 issues annually as well as of issues dedicated to special subjects, the Review has become the central venue favouring the production of scientific research and been a linchpin between the continuously autonomised individual branches of social sciences.

    The Library, the operation commencement of which coincides chronologically with the foundation of the EKKE, is also subjected to the Directorate. Its supportive role in the Centre's research-oriented activity and in social research in general has become greatly significant. It prides about 42,000 volumes of books, 350 titles of periodicals, ESYE's (National Statistics Service of Greece) statistical publications and bibliographic data bases.

DIRECTORATE OF RESEARCH SUPPORT
The research strategy of the specific organization is set based on specific strategy axes:

  • The systematic research, observation and record of the relevant procedures.
  • The development of substructures, semantic frames, methods and technics that ensure the accumulation of the observations, as well as their diffusion to other organizations of analysis and policymaking.
  • The systematic collaboration of the organizations activated on the social research as producers or as consumers of data (universities, various levels of the local administration, public and private sector etc)
  • The existence of strategy nodes of coordination.

The main axes of the strategy adopted by the organization today, are the following:
·  Development of Research Infrastructures
·  Information society, technology, new forms of communication and formation of social bond


Structure and Administration
EKKE Director
J. Yfantopoulos
Tel. 210 7491677 Fax 210 7489127
e-mail: president@ekke.gr

Institute of Urban and Rural Sociology
Director: Th. Maloutas
Tel. 210 7491635 Fax 210 7489143
e-mail: maloutas@ekke.gr

Institute of Social Policy
Director: I. Sakellis
Τel. 210 7491692 Fax 210 7489120
e-mail: iosak@ekke.gr

Institute of Political Sociology
Director:
Tel. 210 7491628 Fax 210 7489801
e-mail: jtsiganou@ekke.gr

Scientific Information and Publications Directorate
Director: G. Pappas
Tel. 210 7491717 Fax 210 7488435
e-mail: gpappas@ekke.gr

Directorate of Research Support
Director:
Tel. 210 7491652 Fax 210 7489803

Administrative Directorate
Director: T. Fotiou
Tel. 210 7491676 Fax 210 7489800
e-mail: admin@ekke.gr

Liaison Office
Scientific Supervisor:
Tel. 210 7491653 Fax 210 7489803
e-mail: mtopali@ekke.gr

Special Account Secretariat
Supervisor: A. Kapella
Tel. 210 7491681 Fax 210 7489800
e-mail: el@ekke.gr

Website: http://www.ekke.gr
Environmental Team website: http://www.ekke.gr/estia