The RE‐InVEST project is a four year pan European research initiative, launched in 2015, which aims to contribute to an EU that promotes solidarity and inclusion through an inclusive, powerful and effective social investment strategy. The Poverty Alliance has been a partner in the project in Scotland. The project emerged from the ‘Alliances to Fight Poverty’, a network of civil society organizations, trade unions, policymakers and academics committed to a more inclusive Europe. Despite the fact that the EU launched a new Social Investment Package in 2013, much of the momentum of the desire for inclusive growth had been lost due to the impact of the economic crisis. Indeed, the austerity policies since the crisis not only disproportionately hit vulnerable groups, but have exacerbated the crisis and further destabilized European economies – significantly undermining the goals of social investment. The RE‐InVEST research project has looked at a number of dimensions of the impact of the crisis and subsequent austerity policies.
This seminar (the first of two dissemination seminars) will look at the impact of the economic crisis and subsequent austerity policies on the practice and prospects for social investment. It will highlight the findings from the RE‐InVEST project as a whole, as well as focusing on the lessons from the research carried out in the UK as part of the project. The seminar will also look at the prospects for developing alternative models of social development in a post-Brexit Scotland, UK and Europe.