The European Social Observatory (Observatoire social européen, OSE) is a Brussels-based not-for-profit research centre specialising in the social dimension of the European Union. Its mission is to analyse the impact of European integration on social and employment policies both at the level of the EU and member states. The OSE conducts comparative research and formulates policy proposals in a variety of policy domains, including employment and labour markets, healthcare, in-work poverty, poverty and social exclusion, job quality and working conditions, social dialogue, the socio-ecological transition, and social protection, including pensions. The OSE also has expertise in such areas as gender and non-discrimination, the EU’s socio-economic governance, the European Green Deal and European pandemic recovery.
At WeLaR, OSE is the leader of WP7 (Preferences, policy and social innovation) and is involved in all WPs.