• 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

LUCIA VESNIC-ALUJEVIC

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

ELISABETA FLORESCU

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


7 May 2018

#Blockchain4EU – Final Event Registration + Agenda NOW ONLINE!

  The Final Event of #Blockchain4EU will take place on May 24 2018 at the European Commission headquarters, Berlaymont Building (Schuman Room) in Brussels. This event will gather policy makers, Blockchain stakeholders and others interested in the development or uptake of Blockchain and other Distributed Ledger Technologies (DLTs) for non-financial / industry sectors. Registration is mandatory to enter the Berlaymont building. Furthermore, there is a limited number of 80 places available for the event.   FOLLOW THIS LINK FOR

25 Apr 2018

SAVE THE DATE! Final Event of #Blockchain4EU – May 24 2018, Brussels

The final event of the project #Blockchain4EU: Blockchain for Industrial Transformations will take place on May 24 2018 at the Berlaymont (Schuman Room), Brussels. We will gather Blockchain communities and other stakeholders interested in the development or uptake of Blockchain and other Distributed Ledger Technologies (DLTs), counting also with the presence of high level policymakers as Lowri Evans, DG GROW’s Director-General, and Vladimir Šucha, DG JRC’s Director-General. Throughout a full-day with multiple sessions, our main

13 Apr 2018

How to design the future of government?

EU Policy Lab collaborates with six top design schools How might the relationships between citizens and government transform by 2030 and beyond? What does this mean for the role, structure and tasks of the government? The Future of Government 2030+ project ran citizen workshops to discuss future expectations of citizens and their relationship to the government. To enable creative speculations and out of the box thinking on possible alternative models of government, the EU Policy

13 Apr 2018

Citizen dialogues on the future of government

From November 2017 to March 2018 the EU Policy Lab ran a series of highly relevant and timely discussions on the role of government today and in the future from a citizen perspective. Together with partner policy labs and universities in six Member States - Austria, Ireland, Malta, Poland, Spain and Sweden – and through an additional workshop with European civil society organizations and think tanks in Brussels, we were able to launch a dialogue

13 Apr 2018

Citizens Discuss the Future of Government in Cork, Ireland

Cork County Council's Service Design team "Service rePublic" led by Julianne Coughlan invited 20 citizens to discuss the future of government, forms of participation and public service delivery on 26th of February, 2018, in the framework of the Future of Government citizen workshop. Participants were citizens active in public participation networks, representatives of citizen organizations, as well as less politically engaged citizens; and they were between 15 and 85 years old! Julianne Coughlan opened the

12 Apr 2018

Citizen Dialogue on the Future of Government in Austria 2035

On 12th  March 2018, GovLab Austria  and the EU Policy Lab discussed possible future relationships between the citizen and the government. This citizen dialogue was set up in the context of the GovLab Austria project "Austria 2035 – the state and I" and the EU Policy Lab project "The future of government 2030+". The participants were a very interesting mix of civil servants from various agencies and different positions, representatives of companies, lectures and IT

12 Apr 2018

Future of Government 2030+: Workshop in Stockholm

The eGovLab, University of hosted the workshop as a part of the project “The Future of Government 2030+: A Citizen Centric Perspective on Open Government” at its premises on March 5, 2018. Thirty eight citizens participated in the workshop The scope of the workshop was to inspire participants using design thinking tools and co-creating methodology to understand today's relationships between individuals/citizens and government in the areas of political decision-making processes and public service provision, to

Discussing the future of government in Malta

On 16 February 2018, the Department of Public Policy of the Faculty of Economics, Management and Accountancy, University of Malta organized a workshop on the Future of Government with the participation of twenty citizens. The sample was intended to have different distribution and representation of age, ethnicity, gender, education, profession, and religion. The aim of the workshop was to reflect on present issues regarding governments and their relationship with citizens and envisage future. At the

3 Apr 2018

Third Workshop of #Blockchain4EU: Blockchain for Industrial Transformations

On March 15 we organised the third workshop of our project #Blockchain4EU: Blockchain for Industrial Transformations. As #Blockchain4EU is now coming to its end, this workshop was the last in our larger series of participatory and stakeholder engagement activities. You can read about our first workshop in July here and also have a look at our second workshop in November here. Project #Blockchain4EU: Blockchain for Industrial Transformations is a forward looking sociotechnical exploration of existing,

3 Apr 2018

Understanding migration drivers and the role of policies: learning from the past and looking ahead

Migration is a hotly debated and politically charged topic at the heart of the EU's political agenda. Yet despite all the attention, it remains a surprisingly poorly understood phenomenon. In the EU Policy Lab, we have been trying to contribute to a nuanced and forward-looking discussion on the subject. We developed future migration scenarios together with a set of engagement processes to help the policy, academic and civil society communities come together and debate migration

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