23 Mar 2017

How Blockchain technology could change our lives?

The Scientific Foresight Unit (STOA) of the European Parliamentary Research Service (EPRS), has recently published an in-depth analysis on Blockchain technology. We contributed to this report, co-authored with Philip Boucher and Mihalis Kritikos from STOA. Beyond the earlier controversies around Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies, what has recently come to the foreground is the potential of its underlying protocol, Blockchain, in many other areas. The report provides an accessible entry point for those curious about Blockchain

9 Jan 2017

Insights from behavioural sciences to prevent and combat violence against women

Violence against women can take many forms, including gender-based physical, sexual and psychological harm. This human rights abuse occurs more often than police and criminal justice statistics suggest. Survey data shows that one in three women in the EU have experienced physical and/or sexual violence since the age of 15, and roughly the same proportion (32 %) has experienced psychologically abusive behaviour by an intimate partner (European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights, 2014). To prevent

19 Dec 2016

New foresight study: The future of the EU collaborative economy

What if…political power in the EU largely moved to the regions and empowered citizens worked together at local and regional level in a spirit of openness and fairness, towards a more sustainable world? This "collaborative economy" could be a place where, in 2030, relatively small digital platforms, often cooperatives or community-owned, are tools to enable everybody to participate in the economy as well as in the community. Sharing, renting and product servitisation (creating value by

29 Nov 2016

The future of food security – New report focused on food safety and nutrition

The report of the foresight study "Delivering on EU food safety and nutrition 2050 – future challenges and policy preparedness", carried out by DG JRC, including the EU Policy Lab, and the Directorate General for Health and Food Safety, is now available. The study adds another perspective to already existing foresight studies which focus rather on the sufficiency aspects of food for a growing world population. However, as today's experience already shows, neither food safety

Lab Connections - Policy Labs in Europe for Europe15 Sep 2016

Connecting policy labs across Europe with EU policy makers

In the past few months, we have tried to create a map of policy labs across Europe. We wanted to have an idea of the number of labs and also understand what their main fields of expertise are. This has not been an easy exercise. Firstly, policy labs are very heterogeneous in terms the areas they are active in, their size, their institutional belonging, the governance level they are active on and the constituencies they

Food vision icons6 Sep 2016

Key findings from our Global Food Security 2030 foresight study

If we want to be able to feed a world of 8 billion people nutritionally and sustainably in less than 15 years' time, it is crucial that we move beyond present-day policies on food and nutrition security and towards a Common Food Systems Policy. This is precisely what we argue in a recent article in Sight and Life magazine summarising the key findings from the JRC report, Global Food Security 2030: Assessing trends with a

31 Mar 2016

The digital market for local services: A one-night stand for workers? An example from the on-demand economy

A study contracted by the EU Policy Lab in the context of the project A vision for the 'sharing economy' By Willem Pieter de Groen, Ilaria Maselli and Brian Fabo from the Centre for European Policy Studies Despite growing numbers of workers who use online platforms to be "matched" with people and businesses who pay for their services, there is a lack of evidence about the scale and the employment impacts of this so called "on-demand"

22 Feb 2016

Behavioural Insights Applied to Policy: European Report 2016

How do private companies ensure that new products will have sufficient demand? How can pharmaceutical companies be sure that new medicines will have proven health effects? How can the automotive industry design more aerodynamic and safer cars? While there is no mystery around what delivers better products in the private sector, yet the same approach struggles to trickle down to the public sector. It aint's what you don't know that gets you into trouble. It's

2 Dec 2015

2035: Paths towards a sustainable EU economy

The report "2035: Paths towards a sustainable EU economy" was published today This foresight study aimed at developing long-term visions for eco-industries (Horizon 2035), identifying relevant trends and drivers, highlighting implications for EU policies and describing realistic and desirable possible futures. A systemic approach to eco-industries was taken by defining them as a stream of business activities across and within the entire industrial bsegment of society encompassing "Green industries" (environmental industries), "Industries greening"(other industries adopting eco-innovations)