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The list of international projects SAS

Centre of Social and Psychological Sciences SAS

Cooperate, reach out, integrate services

Cooperate, reach out, integrate services

Duration: 1.1.2022 - 30.6.2024
Program: EaSI (Employment and Social Innovations)
Project leader: Mgr. Polačková Zuzana M.A., PhD.
Annotation:The project develops and validates tools and practices aimed at strengthening the integration of services provided to people from vulnerable groups in order to promote their inclusion in the labour market and society. The target groups of the project are long-term unemployed or inactive people of working age facing multiple disadvantages. These are people who often need the intervention of several services, the possible coordination of services increases their effectiveness. In the current institutional set-up, the availability of support services is limited, education and awareness about the existence of different services and tools is often insufficient and the services provided are often fragmented. Cross-sectoral cooperation and the systematic involvement of NGOs in the service delivery system can fill the gaps. The CRIS project will address the challenges of integrated service delivery: (1) strengthening referral mechanisms and introducing new outreach activities; (2) strengthening or developing the capacity of public employment services in "case management"; (3) filling service gaps through capacity building in public agencies and/or developing an effective model for engaging NGOs in service delivery and subcontracting these organizations.

ENIS - European Network on International Student Mobility: Connecting Research and Practice

ENIS - Európska sieť o medzinárodnej mobilite študentov: Prepojenie výskumu a praxe

Duration: 1.10.2021 - 31.10.2025
Program: COST
Project leader: Ing. Chrančoková Martina PhD.
Annotation:Over the past decades, international student mobility (ISM) in higher education has expanded rapidly. This growth has sparked a considerable interest in ISM within different disciplines, research communities, and circles of practitioners and policy makers. However, there is surprisingly little connection and exchange among researchers across these spheres. In addition, ISM scholarship remains strongly restricted to scientific circles, despite the relevance that scientific knowledge on ISM has for policy and daily practice. This Action responds to the pressing need for systematic interdisciplinary and international exchange of knowledge on theoretical frameworks, research methodologies, findings, and best practice examples, and for translating scientific findings into recommendations for ISM practice. It is organised around five working groups, four of them addressing themes in need of scientific development, and a fifth one bringing together recommendations for practice: (1) Global ISM flows and trends at the macro-level; (2) Social inequalities in access to and during ISM; (3) The social and cultural integration of international students in their host countries; (4) The impact of ISM on graduates’ careers; (5) Connecting research and practice. The Action brings together established researchers, early-career investigators (ECIs) and PhD students from different scientific disciplines, countries, and research communities as well as stakeholders from international offices, international student and study abroad organizations, and different policy levels. The Action will offer comparative and practical insights into ISM dynamics by bringing fragmented knowledge together, with the main aim of generating new interdisciplinary and innovative empirical perspectives on the phenomenon and translating these into tangible recommendations for stakeholders. Action keywords international student mobility - study abroad - international student migration - internationalisation - exchanges.

I SKILL - Industrial relations and social dialogue to kick-in inclusive adult learning

I SKILL - Pracovnoprávne vzťahy a sociálny dialóg s cieľom naštartovať inkluzívne vzdelávanie dospelých

Duration: 1.9.2021 - 31.8.2023
Program: EaSI (Employment and Social Innovations)
Project leader: Ing. Studená Ivana PhD.
Annotation:The I SKILL project will study how can industrial relations and social dialogue drive progress in adult learning in the EU, by supporting universal right to adult learning and ensuring that all workers can exercise this right through access to high quality learning opportunities during the green and digital transition. The project aims are in line with the EU principles and policy objectives for a climate-neutral and digital European economy that leaves nobody behind, especially for a resilient post-COVID recovery.

INFO-POW: Assessment of the channels of information and their use in the posting of workers

INFO-POW: Hodnotenie informačných kanálov a ich využitia pri vysielaní pracovníkov

Duration: 1.9.2022 - 29.2.2024
Program: Multilateral - other
Project leader: Mgr., MA Mýtna Kureková Lucia PhD.
Annotation:INFO-POW brings together research institutions from five EU Member States as well as social partners at both national and EU levels to promote the evidence basis through the collection and evaluation of original data about access to information about posting, and the analysis specific to the posting process and posted workers' working conditions. The overarching aim of this research project is to identify and assess new as well as existing challenges and needs of undertakings (in the construction sector more specifically) in accessing and using relevant information regarding the process of posting of workers and the undertakings' obligations as a result thereof. Previous studies have found that despite the existence of information provided through different channels, whether by state or non-state actors, information is insufficient and/or difficult to access by the stakeholders it should be provided for. It also remains unclear to what degree existing channels of information are used by posting undertakings and in what way(s). This study fills a gap in the understanding of how transnational posting undertakings and user undertakings find and use information in their interaction with national institutions and how that affects their overall performance in terms of the correct application of the posting rules and the protection of labour and social standards. The study focuses on the specific case of the construction sector as the main sector where posting occurs, and where both larger companies and SMEs as well as self-employed are active.



Duration: 1.10.2022 - 31.12.2023
Program: Multilateral - other
Project leader: Mgr. Filčák Richard MSc. PhD.
Annotation:The project is supported by the Foundation to Promote Open Society based in Berlin. From a theoretical point of view, the aim of the project is to conceptualize environmental justice and its attributes in the light of field research in marginalized Roma communities. The project systematically analyzes and describes the forms and extent of unequal treatment in the context of environmental justice, with special attention to the affected Roma communities. On a practical level, the research identifies cases of environmental injustice, maps the effects of unequal exposure to environmental risks and differentiated access to natural resources, and demonstrates how social injustice translates into environmental and health threats. The main researcher of the project is Daniel Škobla.

Cities in the Enlarged European Area: Joint Development of Capacities of Public Institutions by Slovak-Ukrainian Cross-border Cooperation and Improving Integrity in Public Affairs

Mestá v rozšírenom Európskom priestore: Spoločný rozvoj kapacít verejných inštitúcií prostredníctvom slovensko-ukrajinskej cezhraničnej spolupráce a zvyšovanie integrity verejných záležitostí (CEEA)

Duration: 20.7.2020 - 30.4.2023
Program: FM EHP/NFM
Project leader: Ing. Kalistová Anna PhD.
Annotation:The aim of the project is to improve the integrity and accountability of public administration in Slovakia and Ukraine, develop cross-border institutional cooperation, improve awareness of Uzhhorod and Kharkiv employees in order to promote transparency and quality of public administration, create new networks and partnerships aimed at bringing Ukraine closer to the EU, support long-term and sustainable cooperation between public institutions in the close regions of Slovakia and Ukraine, transfer of approaches and experience in the area of climate and environmental policy, exchange of experience and capacity building.

Platform of policy evaluation community for improved EU policies and better acknowledgement

Platform of policy evaluation community for improved EU policies and better acknowledgement

Duration: 18.10.2021 - 17.10.2025
Program: COST
Project leader: Mgr. Polačková Zuzana M.A., PhD.
Annotation:The Action PROFEEDBACK (PlatfoRm OF policy Evaluation community for improvED EU policies and Better ACKnowledgement) aims to foster the networking of the policy evaluation community at EU-level, raise awareness on the importance of evaluation policy research and improve its impact on policy-making. The Platform, following a bottom-up and open approach, will gather researchers and professionals from various scientific fields and sectors to present and evaluate theories, topics, tools and methods of policy evaluation. Results of the Europe-wide assessment of good practices will provide direct and high-quality inputs for national and EU bodies responsible for policy evaluation. Policy evaluation is a key tool in understanding, developing and modernising EU policies, thus there is growing demand for EU-wide and high quality evaluation services. The main challenge is that currently there is no bottom-up platform for European researchers and professionals working in policy evaluation. They have limited possibilities to discuss common problems, assess country specific practices and share their knowledge in a mutually beneficial and effective way. PROFEEDBACK aims to tackle this challenge with an innovative, complex, cross-sectoral and multidisciplinary approach by: analysing the theoretical and methodological questions of evaluation policy research putting special focus on Cohesion Policy, enriching scientific research of policy evaluation and addressing new challenges, harmonizing fragmented approaches to set the research agenda and to get a common understanding, contributing to the capacity building of the policy evaluation community, involving national and EU policy-makers and the civil society to contribute to evidence-based policymaking, framing a Code of Conduct for the policy evaluation community.

Political culture, democratic values and misinformation: Detecting democratic footholds & weaknesses

Politická kultúra, demokratické hodnoty a dezinformácie: Odhaľovanie demokratických oporných bodov a slabín

Duration: 1.12.2021 - 31.5.2023
Program: International Visegrad Fund (IVF)
Project leader: PhDr. Brezina Ivan PhD.
Annotation:The project aim is to survey beliefs & attitudes of the V4+ citizens and identify various types of political culture differing by adherence to democratic values. It is expected to find such types as religious democrats, secular democrats, pre-political naïve parochials, post-political alienated cynics, and non-democratic radicals. These types will differ by their cognitive strategies, information sources, and also by misinformation, hoaxes they believe in. Results from representative national samples should help to identify the weaknesses of democratic societies and suggest educational remedies.

Reflection of Slovak Ethnic Education in Hungary from the Students' Viewpoint

Reflexia slovenského národnostného školstva v Maďarsku z pohľadu študentov

Duration: 1.1.2023 - 31.1.2024
Program: Open Mobility
Project leader: Mgr. Ďurkovská Mária PhD.
Annotation:The project is focused on researching Slovak ethnic education in Hungary from the viewpoint of students, and with their help aims to facilitate a better understanding of the current situation regarding ethnic education in Hungary and the teaching of the Slovak language. The project is part of an ongoing project between the Institute of Social Sciences of the CSPS SAS and the Research Institute of Slovaks in Hungary entitled "The current state and functioning of Slovak ethnic education – a reflection of teachers, a reflection of students and reflection of parents". The project aims to determine the personal perception and assessment of Slovak education from the students' point of view as well as their opinions on the strengthening of the Slovak language as a basic identifying feature of ethnic identity. The investigation of the present project proposal presupposes an interdisciplinary conception of combined, quantitative and qualitative research of students’ views.



Duration: 22.9.2021 - 21.9.2025
Program: COST
Project leader: Mgr. Filčák Richard MSc. PhD.

Current state and functioning of Slovak national education - reflection of teachers, reflection of students and reflection of parents

Súčasný stav a fungovanie slovenského národnostného školstva – reflexia pedagógov, reflexia študentov a reflexia rodičov

Duration: 1.1.2019 - 31.12.2024
Program: Inter-academic agreement
Project leader: Mgr. Ďurkovská Mária PhD.

ENergy TRANsitions from Coal and carbon: Effects on Societies

Transformácia energetiky smerom od uhlia a uhlíka: Vplyvy na spoločnosť

Duration: 1.5.2020 - 30.4.2023
Program: Horizon 2020
Project leader: Mgr. Filčák Richard MSc. PhD.
Annotation:The project focuses on research theme H2020 "Aspects of the social sciences and humanities in the transition to clean energy" and focuses on "the challenges facing carbon-intensive regions." multi-context framework: 1) decarbonisation policies; 2) ongoing processes of de-territorialisation; and 3) the territorial dimension of the transition to clean energy. The following contextual elements defined in the project will then provide data and information for the interpretation of the main research questions: a) The risks of coal closure and transformation of regions with a high share of carbon consumption can have different impacts. Along with these processes, conflicts also emerge, shifting from the local to the national and European levels and vice versa. The main focus of the project is the analysis of these conflicts and the negotiation processes that concern them, as well as the context of public policies and political culture shaping the course and intensity of conflicts; (b) The challenges facing coal and carbon-intensive regions are being examined on the basis of an ongoing process at territorial level. Another line of project implementation is to identify de-territorialization factors operating in different coal and carbon-intensive regions and to analyze and explain their dynamics and interactions; c) The transition to clean energy cannot be understood only as a technological change or an industrial shift and must therefore be analyzed as a socio-economic-psychological process affecting the lives of local communities. In this regard, the project aims to study process management strategies from a wide range of perspectives: a multidimensional perspective combining different disciplinary frameworks; comparative perspective, elaboration of a comprehensive set of case studies; a multilevel perspective involving various key actors at territorial, regional, national, European and global levels. Each of these strategies will be developed in a specific research segment: Theoretical Area, Analytical Part and Proactive Area.


Uhlíková neutralita (ECF II)

Duration: 1.11.2022 - 31.10.2023
Program: Other
Project leader: RNDr. Dokupilová Dušana PhD.

Health and Psychosocial Long-term Effects and Coping Resources in Severe or Critical COVID-19 Survivors: A Qualitative Study

Zdravotné a psychosociálne dlhodobé účinky a zvládacie zdroje u ťažkých alebo kritických prípadov ochorenia COVID-19: kvalitatívna štúdia

Duration: 1.1.2022 - 31.12.2024
Program: ANSO
Project leader: Prof. Mgr. Halama Peter PhD.
Annotation:Post-COVID-19 syndrome is a condition characterized by long-term symptoms and complications that continue or develop after acute COVID-19. It has been found the majority (up to 80%) of patients admitted to hospital with severe COVID-19 disease experience long-term physical and psychological symptoms. The study aims to qualitatively explore the experiences of severe or critical COVID-19 adult survivors throughout the post-acute period (within 1 year post hospital discharge) in four Eastern and Central European countries: Bulgaria, Slovakia, Croatia, and Romania. It will examine both negative (physical and mental health symptoms, cognitive symptoms, post-traumatic stress, difficulties in social functioning, diminished functional ability, etc.) and positive (post-traumatic growth) long-term post-COVID effects and will assess the role of survivors’ personal (e.g., self-efficacy, resilience, hope, optimism), social (e.g., social support) and other (e.g., financial) coping resources in the recovery period. A biopsychosocial public health perspective is adopted. Participants include 128 adult severe or critical COVID-19 survivors (32 participants per country) of all ages, with varying length of the post-acute period (up to 1 month, 1-3 months, 3-6 months, and 6+ months post discharge). The study will collect data through in-depth semi-structured interviews and analyze them through thematic analysis (Braun & Clarke, 2006). Survivors’ experiences will be studied as embedded in the local sociocultural context and the local epidemic-related situations in the participating countries. To our knowledge this will be the first study to qualitatively examine and cross-nationally compare the experiences of severe or critical COVID-19 survivors throughout the post-acute period. It will study lived experience of severe or critical COVID-19 survivors from a region of Europe that is insufficiently explored. Knowing patients’ experiences enables better understanding of their needs for support and will allow for the development of socioculturally appropriate tailored approaches to the treatment of post-COVID-19 syndrome and psychosocial support in the recovery process.

The total number of projects: 14