A greetings note from the President of EKKE

It goes as self-evident that social research must contribute to the understanding of the causes and effects of emerging social problems and, at the same time, assist in confronting and solving them.

For six decades, through scientific research, EKKE serves as an institution of collective self-awareness and societal reflexivity. Above all, however, it operates as advisor to the public authorities, social stakeholders and civil society agencies in the areas of social policy, sociopolitical trends and socioeconomic development over a broad range of issues concerning employment, poverty and social exclusion, immigration policy and social rights, the environment, gender equality, social cohesion, criminality and the dynamics of the political system.

Nowadays the need for social research as a public resource is imperative. Accordingly, EKKE will contribute conscientiously to the country′s effort, towards the increased utilization of European funding for research, the stemming of the increasing brain drain, smart specialization and the overall development of the Greek system of research and technology. With these aims in mind, EKKE is moving forward, redesigning its organizational structure, promoting new actions and enhancing its visibility, its international partnerships and its research infrastructures.

Over the last seven years, these aims are accomplished through management by objectives, collective effort, and constant observance of the principles of legality, accountability, and transparency.

The Director and President of the Board of EKKE
Professor Nicolas Demertzis