Sebastiano Sabato

Sebastiano Sabato holds a PhD in Political Science at the Istituto Italiano di Scienze Umane / Italian Institute of Human Sciences (SUM) in Florence. Since February 2014 he has been working as researcher on European integration at the OSE. Previously, he worked as a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Milan and he also collaborated with the Centre on Inequalities, Poverty, Social Exclusion and the City (OASeS) of the University of Antwerp. Since December 2018 he is member of the scientific board of the journal ‘Politiche Sociali / Social Policies’. His current research interests include EU socio-economic governance, comparative social policy, social investment and social innovation, industrial relations, interest groups analysis, policy learning and policy transfer.

A socially just transition through the European Green Deal?
On 11th December 2019, the European Commission published a Communication on "The European Green Deal": a new growth strategy that aims to transform the EU into a fair and prosperous society, with a modern, resource-efficient and competitive economy. This article investigates whether and to what extent the "Green Deal" represents a suitable framework to implement a "just transition" towards low-carbon economies and societies.
The European Union and local social innovation
In this article, Sebastiano Sabato (researcher at the European Social Observatory, OSE) and Gert Verschraegen (Associate Professor in Sociology at the University of Antwerp) explore the European Union framework for social innovation, i.e. the role of the EU in promoting and supporting local socially innovative initiatives.
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.