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

7 Feb 2017

Lab Connections – what’s cooking?

The Lab Connections event in October 2016 was meant to familiarise policymakers with policy labs and policy lab approaches by hands-on work on EU challenges. Ten challenges from eight different policy areas were re-framed and explored in parallel lab sessions involving policy labs, Commission services, public authorities from different Member States and academics. Ideas for actions were generated for each challenge, and for some of them we started moving towards implementation by exploring the necessary steps

5 Oct 2016

Innovating Policy: Transdisciplinary Practice and the Politics of Co-Construction in Policy Labs

As part of SPRU - Science Policy Research Unit’s 50th anniversary conference, the EU Policy Lab co-organised with the University of Sussex the Dialogue Session Innovating Policy: Transdisciplinary Practice and the Politics of Co-Construction in Policy Labs. The session took place on the 9th September and saw the participation of Adrian Smith (University of Sussex), Ann Light (University of Sussex), Lucy Kimbell (University of Arts London & UK Policy Lab), Alex Oprunenco (UNDP Moldova & UNDP

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

29 Jun 2016

LAB CONNECTIONS policy labs in Europe, for Europe

Save the date! We are organising a gathering of policy labs on 17-18 October 2016 in Brussels Image credits: flickr.com/photos/gtozer   Europe is now witnessing a growing movement of Policy Labs and other public innovation teams at EU, national, regional and local levels of governance. Their experimental, creative and citizen-centred approaches are changing the ways policies are shaped and delivered, putting forward alternative solutions in a time when our institutions require more robust and adaptable

6 Apr 2016

Are you aware of other Policy Labs across Europe? Let us know!

We are mapping Policy Labs active at national, regional or local levels in Europe Are you part of a Policy Lab? Do you know any similar initiatives? Please let us know by filling in this questionnaire and by sharing it within your networks. This will help us to understand how policy labs across the EU at different governance levels could become a resource to EU policymaking and implementation. { "service" : "sbkm", "popup" : false,