The New Europe Centre welcomes projects from different funding sources in Information Society, Societal Quality and Quality of Life, Transformations in Eastern Europe, Migration and Work and Care

The New Europe Centre represents a group of researchers at the University of Aberdeen with projects from a number of different funding sources. We are committed to doing quality research in order to better understand the world around us and that can make a difference in how we live. We welcome applications for postgraduate study around any of the themes listed.

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Our Research

Information Society

The work on Information Society aims to work with local communities to create projects to improve the quality of life. It also analyses the role of information and communications technology at an international level.

Societal Quality and Quality of Life

This group of projects develops a model for understanding the quality of society and factors that enable people to lead satisfactory and fulfilling lives within it. Building on the idea of social policies for Social Quality (link to social quality website), it has explored the factors that can create a good society in Europe, Eastern Europe, Rwanda and China.

This work builds upon a previous research focused upon social capital and participation.

Transformations in Eastern Europe

The historic collapse of communism in the late 1980s and early 1990s had profound repercussions for societies in that region as well as in the rest of Europe. The transformation of economic life, new patterns of migration and new ideas of nationality and citizenship all emerged from these disruptions. There have been a series of projects exploring these changes.


The transformations in Europe set off new movements of people that have impacted on all European societies. The projects here have looked mainly at migration from Eastern and Central Europe since 1989.

Work and Care

Participating in the labour force and balancing family and care obligations is an important issue for most households in the modern world. Social policies can help or hinder this balance as can social capital and family ties. The changing shape of the modern family contributes to the increasing complexity of these relationships that are also important for maintaining a satisfactory life. They build upon previous projects around gender and youth.

Our Experts

Professor Claire Wallace
Other Experts
Dr Pamela Ann Abbott
Dr Kathryn Vincent
Dr Leanne Townsend
Dr Karen Salt

Fees and Funding

Please refer to our InfoHub Tuition Fees page for fee information for this Research Area.

Our Funding Database

View all funding options in our Funding Database.


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Contact Details

School of Social Science
University of Aberdeen
Edward Wright Building
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