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Plataforma Justicia Social e Inclusión

Social Justice and Inclusion Platform

The University of Deusto

The University of Deusto is a hub of 37 research teams working at the University’s six faculties (Psychology and Education, Social Sciences and Humanities, Engineering, Law, Economics and Business Administration, and Theology) in three different campuses: Bilbao, San Sebastian and Madrid.

Since 1987, the University has undertaken a strong internationalisation process that has facilitated and multiplied its opportunities for international collaboration. This strategy is based on strong networking with key institutions and stakeholders across Europe and beyond and on the quality of the results and the impact of its research and educational endeavours. Today the University of Deusto participates in a large number of research collaborative projects funded by the European Commission (such as FP7 and Horizon 2020), is part of a wide number of international networks and has signed multiple cooperation agreements with universities and research centres all over the world.

The Interdisciplinary Research Platform on Social Justice and Inclusion

Since its foundation, the University of Deusto is engaged in promoting social justice and inclusion in education, research and social engagement, tackling relevant societal issues that underpin its innovation and research strategy.

The Interdisciplinary Research Platform on Social Justice and Inclusion was established in alignment with two important strands of the University Strategic Plan 2015-2018 (‘Excellence, Research & Transfer’ and ‘Commitment to Social Justice’), to articulate interdisciplinary collaborations and channel research efforts for contributing to social justice and more inclusive and fairer societies.

In collaboration with social agents, the Platform responds to the social challenges identified at the regional, European and international levels, such as the increase of inequalities and social exclusion, peace building and conflict prevention, migration management and asylum system reforms. All these challenges ask for a more in-depth interdisciplinary and intersectoral analysis and ground-breaking and innovative solutions.

Over the last three decades, DEUSTO has consolidated its expertise and played an important role in the establishment of local, regional and international networks on the following topics:

  • Migration: As one of the launching institutions of the Network of Excellence (FP6 NoE) IMISCOE - International Migration, Integration and Social Cohesion (2004), DEUSTO is connected with experts in over 40 specialised research centres and units in the world. It is an important actor in training professionals and researchers in the field of Migration in Europe (i.e., coordinating the Joint European Master in International Migration and Social Cohesion MISOCO; or the Marie Sklodowska-Curie Initial Training Network, INTEGRIM) and in the research arena on topics such as asylum, ICT and migration, displacement, security and development, migrants integration, trafficking and human being.
  • Human rights: DEUSTO, together with other 100 universities, is part of the European Master’s Degree in Human Rights and Democratisation. With over 20 years of experience in the field, working with international experts and actors at grassroot level, Deusto Institute of Human Rights ‘Pedro Arrupe’ focuses on human rights promoting education, research, awareness-raising and social impact.
  • Humanitarian action and human development: HumanitarianNet, a thematic network with over 100 members funded by the European Commission and coordinated by DEUSTO, was the breeding ground in 2003 for the Network on Humanitarian Action (NOHA), which runs the Erasmus Mundus Joint Master's Degree Programme in International Humanitarian Action (NOHA+). The network is also part of the Network of European Universities on Professionalisation of Humanitarian Action (EUPHRA).
  • Education, analysing the role of education in promoting social inclusion and enhancing quality of life amongst vulnerable groups
  • Ethics, peace and conflict prevention, addressing social development and transformation, placing dignity at the centre of human action. DEUSTO has coordinated a Marie Sklodowska-Curie Initial Training Network aimed at training professionals in Sustainable Peace Building Research and Training (SPBUILD). The focus on the professionalisation of the peace building sector continued with the Horizon 2020 project by reviewing the current understandings and training approaches on conflict prevention and peacebuilding (CPPB) in Europe. The project aims at developing recommendations and novel tools for enhancing the potential of European civilian and military training and contribute to the efficiency of peacebuilding missions. DEUSTO is also participating in the MSCA RISE project PRUV addressing urban resilience and in the Horizon 2020 SOLIDUS mapping solidarity initiatives in Europe.
  • Employment and Social Economy as tools for social inclusion and well-being (MERGE, CEDEFOP, SI-DRIVE). Through a global mapping of Social Innovation initiatives (more than 1.000 identified examples) and in-depth analyses and case studies in seven policy fields, DEUSTO contributed to integrate theory and research methodologies to advance the understanding of social innovation (SI-DRIVE project). Linking teaching and employment, DEUSTO participated in the Teaching and Learning Methods in VET in Europe project identifying European trends and challenges in this sector and in the MERGE initiative analysing the effects of Erasmus programme on the mobility and employability of former students and upon their career choices and opportunities.