This working paper series (WPS) is a joint effort between UiB’s section on Global Challenges and The Comparative Research Programme on Poverty (CROP) at the University of Bergen and was conceived as a vehicle for scholars in our mutual global network to swiftly disseminate their research.

The series seeks to disseminate research focused on issues such as poverty and inequality, sustainability, and other relevant global challenges. Papers received are subject to peer review and are approved for publication by an Editorial Board. See also the CROP Series in International Poverty Studies available in BORA.

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  • Approaches to Social Investment and Their Implications for Poverty in Sweden and the European Union 

    Cronert, Axel; Palme, Joakim (Global Challenges - Working Paper Series, Working paper; Peer reviewed, 2017-09-11)
    The concept of social investment has gained increasing traction among European Union policymakers, as a strategy to reconcile the goals of employment, growth, and social inclusion. In recent years, however, scholars have ...
  • Can the European Union 2020 Strategy Deliver on Social Inclusion? 

    Petmesidou, Maria (Global Challenges - Working Paper Series, Working paper; Peer reviewed, 2017-06-30)
    In 2010, amidst the financial and sovereign debt crisis, the launching of a novel European strategy for “smart, sustainable and inclusive growth” signalled a significant step in the European coordination strategies for ...
  • Social Connectedness and Poverty Eradication: A South African Perspective 

    Samuel, Kim; Uwizeyimana, Jacqueline Bagwiza (Global Challenges - Working Paper Series, Working paper; Peer reviewed, 2017-05)
    Building on earlier work which argues that social isolation can be both a consequence of living in poverty and a cause of its persistence, this paper presents case studies of two South African programmes to illustrate how ...
  • Global Inequality and Global Poverty Since the Cold War. How robust is the optimistic narrative? 

    Edward, Peter; Sumner, Andy (Global Challenges - Working Paper Series; 1, Working paper; Peer reviewed, 2016-10)
    This paper considers how the growth in global consumption since the end of the Cold War, has impacted on the co-evolution of global inequality and poverty. It is often suggested that this era of growth has led to a dramatic ...