The WILCO team included some of the foremost researchers in the areas of welfare and local governance, each with an excellent reputation and broad knowledge of their field.

Through all their work, they have constantly been at the nexus between academia and practice, producing high-quality research with not only academic relevance, but also practical relevance. This is witnessed by their involvement in networks and projects for applied research, the public debates in their respective countries and continuous interaction with practitioners.

The involvement of the EMES Network ensures that the dialogue between academic and practical concerns will consistently remain on the agenda.

The involvement in the Advisory Board of leading members of organizations such as EAPN, CECODHAS and Solidar was crucial for achieving the project’s results.