IST Programme RESPECT: an IST Programme Project
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Functional map of professional competences for EU socio-economic research


Range indicators

For some of the terms used in the occupational profile, we will give a list of possible interpretations. We do not pretend that this is a limited and exhaustive enumeration, but it will give you an idea.

Scientific research work

Socio-economic research is situated in one of the following disciplines:

  • Anthropology

  • Business studies, industrial relations and management studies

  • Communication sciences

  • Criminology

  • Cultural studies

  • Demography

  • Economics

  • Educational sciences

  • Ethics in social sciences

  • Geography

  • Juridical sciences

  • Political sciences

  • Psychological sciences

  • Sociology


  • interviewing methods

  • observations, including the use of ethnographic methods

  • surveys

  • secondary data analysis

  • non-medical experimental research involving human subjects

  • comparative analysis, including cross-cultural research

  • analytical literature surveys, scoping exercises and content analysis

  • case studies

  • participatory action research

  • evaluations and assessment techniques

  • forecasting techniques

Information administered by the project co-ordinator

  • decision documents

  • specifications concerning the content of the project

  • research results, collected basic data, concepts etc.

  • specifications concerning the budget of the project

  • plans and reports concerning progress check

  • minutes of the meetings

  • correspondence

Levels of contacts (networking and target audience)

  • local

  • regional

  • national

  • international

  • civil servants

  • politicians

  • representatives of interest groups

  • companies

  • general public

  • stakeholders