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The National Centre for Social Research (ETHNIKO KENTRO KOINONIKON EREVNON – ΕΚΚΕ) was established in 1959 under the auspices of UNESCO and is the only public institution in Greece dedicated exclusively to the social sciences. ΕΚΚΕ is a public law legal entity supervised by the General Secretariat of Research and Technology of the Ministry of Education, Research and Religious Affairs.
ΕΚΚΕ has established a research tradition in areas such as social policy, political sociology, social geography and social anthropology. EKKE:
• Conducts social research on a wide range of subjects, constantly enriching a decades-long tradition with new emerging issues
• Provides support to the State by designing and evaluating public policies at the national, regional and local level; it also provides research findings and expertise reports aiming at bringing into light critical social and political issues
• Maintains constant international collaboration by its presence in international research and expertise networks as well as major European research programmes
• Has established one of the country’s largest libraries for the social sciences that provides support for its research activity as well as for the social sciences and research in Greece.
• Publishes print and free access digital works related to the research on and analysis of aspects of contemporary Greek society. An important number of EKKE’s publications are taught in University Department courses in Greece
• Publishes “The Greek Review of Social Research”, the country’s oldest social sciences journal and one of the first scientific journals to have adopted the blind peer review system.
EKKE’s research strategy focuses on:
- the systematic research, monitoring and recording of the social trends and processes
- developing infrastructure, theoretical tools, methods and techniques that support formulation and implementation of policy makers in the different fields of their responsibility
- the systematic cooperation with relevant actors of social research (universities, local government, public and private sector, etc.)
EKKE’s main research activities lie in the following thematic areas: Social Policy, Social Structures, Political Sociology and Institutions, Urban Sociology, Social Anthropology, Rural Sociology and Cultural Sociology.
EKKE’s research personnel covers a broad range of field expertise: sociologists, social anthropologists, economists, political scientists, demographers, criminologists, statisticians, historians etc.