Sustainable work as a resource for health, innovation and growth

In spring 2013, a platform for Sustainable work as a resource for health, innovation and growth was given a grant to promote the inclusion of sustainable work in Horizon 2020. It was built on a consortium of leading Swedish OSH researchers, the social partners and representatives from Swedish private companies and authorities. The aim of the platform is to

  • strengthen the synergy between research centres of excellence in Sweden and the rest of Europe, as well as an in-depth dialogue with the social partners and research users
  • increase the scope for research on sustainable and innovative workplaces within Horizon 2020 and the emergences of new European research alliances
  • promote Swedish research on sustainable work as a driving force in European research cooperation • build a virtual platform for collaboration on improving interdisciplinary and cross-sectoral knowledge integration within the focus area in Sweden and Europe in general
  • provide policy pointers to authorities and other actors in the field Vinnova, the Swedish Innovation Agency, has given the project 2,2 million SEK for 2,5 years. The Platform is coordinated from the University of Lund

Definition of Sustainable Work

Sustainable work highlights the dynamic fit between employees and working conditions and is a generic policy concept. Sustainable work promotes health, wellbeing, learning and influence as well as productivity, innovation and growth. The goal is to promote continual growth and regeneration of human, social, economic and ecological resources. The strategic importance of sustainable work, as a resource for health, innovation and growth, is emphasized in the European innovation strategy, and also by the social partners. Therefore, sustainable work needs to be a more visible and coherent theme in Horizon 2020.

What is Horizon 2020?

Horizon 2020 is the biggest EU Research and Innovation programme ever with nearly €80 billion of funding available over 7 years (2014 to 2020). It is divided into 3 three pillars and 2 specific objectives corresponding to its main priorities:

  • Excellent Science
  • Industrial Leadership
  • Societal Challenges o Health, demographic change & wellbeing
    • Food security, sustainable agriculture and forestry, marine/maritime/inland water research and the bioeconomy
    • Secure, clean & efficient energy o Smart, green & integrated transport o Climate action, environment, resource efficiency & raw materials
    • Inclusive, innovative & reflective societies o Secure societies
  • Specific objective ‘Spreading excellence & widening participation’
  • Specific objective ‘Science with and for society

Horizon 2020 is open to researchers and companies, with a simple structure that reduces red tape and time, so participants can focus on what is really important. This approach makes sure new projects get off the ground quickly – and achieve results faster.

Project Team

Project Manager is Maria Albin, Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Lund University. The project is coordinated with other scientists through three nodes .
Mats Bohgard, Lund Institute of Technology, Southern node
Per Gustafsson, Karolinska Institutet, the Middle node.
Bengt Järvholm, Umeå University, Northern node.
Project coordinator is Theo Bodin, Lund university