Thematic Scoping

Following consultations with T-AP partners on key areas of interest, the Platform has made an initial selection of three priority areas for transatlantic research collaboration in the social sciences and humanities:

  • Diversity, (in)equality and differences:
    This research theme involves the different ways in which people and communities value, respond to and interact with diversity, inequality and differences.
  • Resilient and innovative societies:
    This research theme covers emerging and evolving responses to the social, political, cultural and economic challenges facing today’s society, encompassing areas such as the environment, demographic change, food, health and wellbeing.
  • Transformative Research:
    This thematic area concerns new ways of doing research, such as the opportunities provided by big data, interdisciplinary collaboration, and co-production of knowledge with non-academic partners.

As a next step, the Platform solicited input on these themes from the research community at a series of workshops held at the 2015 Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences (Ottawa, Canada). Following these initial consultations, T-AP Partners held workshops on diversity, inequality and differences (London, U.K.), transformative research (São Paulo, Brazil), and will hold a workshop on resilient and innovative societies (Dortmund, Germany), to probe deeper into each thematic area. Bringing together Trans-Atlantic researchers, stakeholders and research funders, these workshops aim to establish larger collaborative networks and identify priorities and opportunities for future research cooperation, and seek to connect these opportunities to Horizon 2020 challenges and funding opportunities.