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Sustainable Development

On its sustainable development agenda, the ETUI studies the role of the social partners in effecting the transition towards a low-carbon society, placing emphasis on the social aspects of climate change and the necessary energy transformation. In this context, a series of research and training activities with a multidisciplinary focus are carried out at the Institute.

Main issues tackled under this priority in our work programme for 2015-16:

  • Macroeconomic considerations of a future sustainable growth model based on scenarios of ‘crisis growth’, ‘green growth’, and ’de/low/no-growth’;
  • Monitoring EU policies on sustainable development and climate change, and the implications of member states’ policies under the impact of austerity, pointing out gaps between targets and reality;
  • A continued mapping of employment effects, with a focus on social and employment risks (in sectors); quality of employment and working conditions in low-carbon sectors; sectoral analyses highlighting controversial issues (e.g. coal and nuclear energy, biofuels, extreme energy); further development of the sustainable company approach and a stakeholder-oriented corporate governance (i.e. which includes trade unions and the workforce);
  • Developing a trade union-oriented approach to no- and low-growth scenarios as well as sustainability debates;
  • Analysis and better understanding of the future of work;
  • Continuation of the debate on ‘Beyond GDP’ and alternative indicators;
  • Increasing the capacity of trade unions to influence scientific and technological developments as well as emerging risks at work on the basis of a social and safety assessment and an open debate on their impact on employment and society.

External publications of ETUI researchers


Béla Galgóczi Senior Researcher


Philippe Pochet General Director


Aïda Ponce Del Castillo Senior Researcher - Foresight unit


    Presentation Eloi Laurent on linking ecological sustainability and social justice