new-LiFE, A development driven by well being for a successful socio-ecological transition in Europe
The project new-LiFE, put forward by ENTI for the 7th European research programme, about the topic “Europe moving towards a new path of economic growth and social development”, was submitted on Februar 2th.
How can Europe maintain economic growth and social welfare despite the financial crisis and the ecological challenges?
39 research centres and in Europe and around the world (17 european countries, 4 international countries, more than 200 researchers and stakeholders) are associated with the project new-LiFE “A development driven by well being for a successful socio-ecological transition in Europe” through the European Network of Territorial Intelligence, ENTI.
New-LiFE is based on the assumption that a new path of development driven by well-being and ensuring a minimum standard of quality of life for all can be crucial to the success of socio-ecological transition, it must be:
based on cooperation and territorial observation,
driven by a plural design of innovation,
based on co-constructed knowledge across territories and
animated by a participatory territorial governance.
Four research activities will be shared with stakeholders during 4 years to examine :
- Well-being and the cultural contexts of socio-ecological transition,
- Capacities of the territories to combine of the economic, social, environmental and cultural objectives of sustainable development,
- Territorial observation, monitoring and projects evaluation,
- Sustainable innovation in the knowledge society.
They will deepen sound concepts that will feed the writing of a governance agenda concerning structural reforms and governance initiatives mitigating the potential negative impacts of globalisation on citizens and influencing global trends towards new forms of socio-ecological development.
Research results and their prospects will be integrated according to stakeholders’ expectations, to combine a research agenda with the governance agenda. These research activities will be completed by a quality assessment, an impact evaluation from the very beginning and a strong dissemination towards policy makers, stakeholders, actors and citizens.
key-words: sustainable development, socioecological transition, territorial intelligence, well-being, territory, observation, innovation, structural reforms, governance initiatives, knowledge society, cooperation