Bart Vanhercke

Bart Vanhercke is Director of the European Social Observatory (OSE) and an associate member of the academic staff at the Centre for Sociological Research (CeSO), University of Leuven. Since November 2015, he is a Policy Fellow at the Institute for the Study of Labour (IZA), Berlin. His current research focuses on the social dimension of the new European economic governance. Earlier research experience dealt with the Europeanization of domestic social inclusion, healthcare and pensions policies. 

The gradual development of an EU framework for social innovation
Social innovation is considered a key tool for achieving the objective of smart, sustainable and inclusive growth envisaged by the Europe 2020 Strategy. Against this backdrop, research carried out within the ImPRovE project has investigated how social innovation made its way onto the European Union agenda and which kinds of instruments and resources the EU has made available in order to promote and support it. The analysis concerns the period 2006-2014 and it mainly focuses on social innovation in the field of poverty and social exclusion.