• EU POLICY LAB

    A COLLABORATIVE AND EXPERIMENTAL SPACE FOR INNOVATIVE POLICY-MAKING
  • HUMAN PERSPECTIVE

    BEHAVIOURS, BIASES AND DECISION PROCESSES
  • CONTEXT AND COMPLEXITY

    INSIGHTFUL CONVERSATIONS,  DESIRABLE FUTURES
     
  • DESIGN FOR POLICY

    SEEDING QUESTIONS, FRAMING IDEAS

WHAT WE DO

The EU Policy Lab is a collaborative and experimental space for innovative policy-making.
It is both a physical space and a way of working that combines

FORESIGHT

BEHAVIOURAL INSIGHTS

DESIGN THINKING

to explore, connect and find solutions for better policies.

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Anne-Katrin BockANNE-KATRIN BOCK
Emanuele CirioloEMANUELE CIRIOLO
Joana Sousa LourencoJOANA SOUSA LOURENCO

Rene Van BavelRENÉ VAN BAVEL
Susana NascimentoSUSANA NASCIMENTO
Alexandre PolvoraALEXANDRE PÓLVORA

Alessandro RancatiALESSANDRO RANCATI
Emanuele CuccillatoEMANUELE CUCCILLATO
Laurent BontouxLAURENT BONTOUX
Paulette Matkovic RamirezPAULETTE MATKOVIC RAMIREZ
Tine Van CriekingeTINE VAN CRIEKINGE

MACIEJ KRZYSZTOFOWICZ

Alice SzczepanikovaALICE SZCZEPANIKOVA
Fabiana ScapoloFABIANA SCAPOLO
Monika AntalMONIKA ANTAL
Sara AlmeidaSARA ALMEIDA
Xavier TroussardXAVIER TROUSSARD

ECKHARD STOERMER

Christian SvanfeldtCHRISTIAN SVANFELDT
Ioana ProfirIOANA PROFIR
Johanna TriebJOHANNA TRIEB
Sara GiovanniniSARA GIOVANNINI
FRANçOIS DESSART

By accessing diverse areas of knowledge, we strive to co-create, test and prototype ideas to address complex social problems and to enable collective change. The Lab invites policy-makers to explore scenarios, connect issues and find solutions for better policies, acting as a facilitator and providing a safe-space for open interactions. It delivers insights and works side by side with the services and agencies of the European Institutions, international bodies, public organisations, universities and research centres. The Lab’s main fields of practice are foresight, behavioural insights and design-thinking.  The lab setting facilitates collaboration between policy-makers and society.

Foresight explores long-term futures and creates shared visions for policy-making.

Behavioural Insights result from multidisciplinary research in fields such as economics, psychology and neuroscience, to understand how humans behave and make decisions in everyday life.

Design thinking deploys people- and solution-centred processes to help stakeholders to innovate.

BLOG

A collection of news, notes, reflection on our workshops or events we attended.

Lab sessions

Reaching out

Notes and thoughts

Publications


28 Jun 2017

Mobility is a serious game!

On the 22nd of June we attended the workshop "Mobility is a serious game", a one day event organised by Colruyt Group which brought about 100 people together to discuss the future of mobility. Following early interest in the Scenario Exploration System (SES) by the Colruyt Group, Prof. Cathy Macharis, head of the MOBI research group at the VUB contacted us to discover the game. She was leading a group of concerned citizens from different

20 Jun 2017

Towards the creation of a multi-level third space for systemic urban research and innovation

On 4th and 5th April we co-organised a lab session with the Innovating Cities team of the Directorate General for Research & Innovation to test the idea of a third space for systemic urban research and innovation. Together with European Commission Urban Policy Officers, city-makers and innovators, city organisations, and other stakeholders from multiple cities across Europe we tried to understand what should be the key features of a multi-level third space in which EU policy officers and all relevant stakeholders could

19 Jun 2017

Exploring the stakeholder consultation process

In May 2015 the Commission published "Better regulation for better results - An EU agenda", a communication on improving "both what the European Union (EU) does, and how it does it". An important part of the document focused on the importance of consulting more and better with all stakeholders, to increase transparency and to allow them to contribute significantly to the process. As a result, stakeholder consultations are now one of the most pressing priorities

7 Jun 2017

Launch of the #Blockchain4EU project

The European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC) and Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship & SMEs (DG GROW) have launched the project #Blockchain4EU: Blockchain for Industrial Transformations, running until February 2018. The project is a forward looking exploration of existing, emerging and potential applications based on Blockchain and other Distributed Ledger Technologies (DLTs) for non-financial / industry sectors. It aims to identify, discuss and communicate possible uses and impacts of Blockchain and other DLT objects,

18 May 2017

Scenario Exploration System China edition 1.0

On May 16, 2017, the Scenario Exploration System (SES) was at the core of the "EU-China Collaboration and Foresight Workshop: the future of innovation in China and what it means for EU-China collaboration". This workshop was organised by the DRAGON-Star Plus project. The main objectives of the project are to support the European and Chinese research communities to establish collaborations under Horizon 2020 (the European Commission programme for research & innovation) and beyond and to

3 May 2017

Helping local communities chart a path towards their own greener future

The Climate Mitigation Fund 2.0 On March 14, the Climate KIC invited us to run a scenario exploration session in Bologna, Italy, in the frame of the project "Climate Mitigation Fund 2.0" (CMF 2.0). This project is supporting various cities in their efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The city of Bologna has adopted a Sustainable Energy Action Plan (SEAP) to reduce CO2 emissions, as required by the Covenant of Mayors. However, its lack of

27 Apr 2017

Non-ferrous Metals Manufacturing: Vision for 2050 and Actions Needed

Our report on the Future of non-ferrous metals (NFM) has just been published! This report comes at the end of a yearlong process during which the EU Policy Lab worked with representatives of the non-ferrous metals industry and other associations from this sector, researchers, trade unions and our EU-policy-making colleagues. First we identified the main agents of change and analysed the production and consumption system of the NFM industry to co- create a 2050 vision

26 Apr 2017

Adapting the Scenario Exploration System to propose solutions to community issues

After two years since its birth, the Scenario Exploration System is expanding its range of uses and is showing its adaptability. The Circular Ocean project On March 29, the Circular Ocean project invited us to a project consortium meeting held under the auspices of Macroom E, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Cork County Council, Ireland. This EU funded project is pursuing innovative and sustainable solutions for marine plastic waste, seeking to inspire enterprises and

21 Apr 2017

Behavioural insights for public policy: hands on session with Erasmus University students

On April 6 2017 the EU Policy Lab welcomed a group of 12 students from the Bachelor Honours Research Class of the Erasmus School of Economics, Erasmus University Rotterdam (the Netherlands). This selective program exposes top students across all bachelor programs in the Erasmus School of Economics to research and research-oriented careers. A key goal of this program is to showcase how state-of-the-art research in economics is done both in academia and in non-academic institutions.

3 Apr 2017

New project on the future of migration in Europe

On 28 March 2017 the First Advisory Committee Meeting of the EU Policy Lab foresight project on the future of migration in Europe took place in Brussels. We brought together 18 external experts and EC policy-makers to discuss drivers of migration and to identify key certainties and uncertainties that will likely impact migration outcomes for Europe in the coming 15 years. Although the focus was on Europe, developments in other parts of the world, notably Africa

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