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The strategic and thematic priorities in the D 2.2 “Common ENGAGE.EU R&I Strategy” have inspired the following list:

Digitalization: The future of societal and political participation, economic prosperity and good work depend on how we make sense of digital technologies and the Internet. ENGAGE.EU aims at strengthening a positive and responsible use of digitalization and technology, including limiting the potential dangers in this field. To be credible, ENGAGE.EU needs to ensure responsible and transparent use of research methods. Understanding the ongoing digital transformation is key to ensure democracy and a well-functioning society. 

Sustainability and climate change: Many systems in place today — related to energy, food, agriculture, economy, education etc. — do not seem to be fully sustainable. What are the obstacles to designing long-term, fully sustainable systems? And how do we overcome them? New knowledge within the social sciences is at the core of ensuring sustainability. 

Health and wellbeing: Health and well-being are important at every stage of one’s life. Health and wellbeing address all major health priorities that a person will face over his or her lifetime: reproductive, maternal, new-born, child, and adolescent health; diseases; universal health coverage; and access for all to safe, effective and affordable medication and vaccines. 

Diversity: ENGAGE.EU is committed to equal opportunities. Inequality and lack of diversity are increasingly becoming social issues. Social and economic inequalities and disadvantages lead to inefficiencies that may prevent us from tackling societal challenges in a timely fashion. Diversity is thus an important topic to understand within ENGAGE.EU R&I, both as a research topic and as a goal within the alliance. 

Strong institutions: Strong institutions are an essential pillar of modern societies. Reliable institutions are needed to ensure a trustworthy and resilient democracy in the digital age. Strong institutions also account for more equitable and well-informed policies, and they help to ensure transparency, accountability, and good governance in the long run. Capable institutions are essential in delivering public services effectively and building trust among citizens. Solid public financial management and tax administrations are key in achieving sustainable and equitable socio-economic objectives. Various aspects must be taken into account, such as efficient governance structures, functioning legal systems, tax law and many other areas which interact and are a prerequisite of a peaceful living together. 

Networks of data driven research: New technologies increase the capacity to deal with large amounts of data and can be used to take better decisions and solve new challenges. There are numerous examples of local initiatives that takes advantage of data and big data methodologies in the social sciences. An aim within ENGAGE R&I is to “create networks of networks” so that these local initiatives can develop into larger networks that are beneficial for the entire alliance. 

New technologies also come with new risks. Data protection and privacy issues are also therefore at the core of our alliance. The understanding of such risks is an integral part of research within ENGAGE.EU and participants from several partners of the alliance have already started to connect through the ENGAGE event on privacy in digital markets. 

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