• 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 Feb 2018

Ian Goldin inaugurates the JRC Megatrends Series

By Sara Giovannini and Fabiana Scapolo On January 29th the JRC hosted the first event in the framework of the JRC Megatrends Series. Through a series of lectures, we aim at improving the understanding of Megatrends - long-term driving forces that are observable now and might have significant influence on the future, and their interactions. The EU Policy Lab has been intensively working on Megatrends in the framework of its foresight activities. Over the last

15 Jan 2018

Discussing the future of government with a group of Polish citizens

As a part of dialogue on today’s and future needs of the governments and on the alternative forms of government (Future of government 2030+ project), the EU Policy Lab – in collaboration with Policy labs from 6 different countries, is organising workshops with citizens to understand their needs and relationship with the government today and in the future. The first citizen workshop took place on December 10th, in Warsaw (Poland). It was run by Engage

18 Dec 2017

Second Workshop of #Blockchain4EU Blockchain for Industrial Transformations

On November 15-16 we organised the second workshop of our project #Blockchain4EU: Blockchain for Industrial Transformations, as part of a series of participatory and stakeholder engagement activities taking place until February 2018. You can read about our first workshop here. This workshop took place at FabLab Brussels of Erasmusschogeschool, and we wish to thank its coordinator Ann Peeters for kindly hosting us and also to the students for their interest and support. The project #Blockchain4EU:

11 Dec 2017

Nine myths about migration and long-term trends you might not have thought about

Highlights from the EU Policy Lab workshop on the future of migration in Europe By Alice Szczepanikova & Tine Van Criekinge On 16 October 2017, the EU Policy Lab of the Joint Research Centre organised a one-day policy workshop on the future of migration in Europe in collaboration with the European Commission's Knowledge Centre on Migration and Demography. The event brought together over 80 researchers, representatives of civil society, think-tanks, Member States and different sections

11 Dec 2017

Future of government 2030+: civil society workshop

On 27 November 2017 we organized the first workshop of the project Future of Government 2030+: A Citizen Centric Perspective on New Government Models in Brussels, with participants coming mostly from international Civil Society Organizations in Brussels. The Future of Government 2030+  project is looking at the changing roles and forms of the government. By identifying requirements for future government, we can rethink the way they operate and explore how they might look like in

8 Dec 2017

Supporting Creative Hubs’ activities in the field of youth employment and youth entrepreneurship

This year, in the framework of our Lab Connections project, we have been cooperating with the British Council with the objective of supporting Creative Hubs' activities in the field of youth employment and youth entrepreneurship. The problem of youth unemployment is very important for the European Commission. Following a request coming from the European Commission Directorate General for Education and Culture, we thought we could help the Hubs in exploring and perhaps redefine their role in

6 Nov 2017

New H2020 Call on Blockchain and Distributed Ledger Technologies for SMEs

The project #Blockchain4EU: Blockchain for Industrial Transformations, currently coordinated by the Joint Research Centre’s EU Policy Lab in cooperation with DG GROW, is fully supporting the exploration of the opportunities and challenges for the development and uptake of Blockchain and other Distributed Ledger Technologies (DLTs) within EU industrial and business contexts, with key focus on the innovation and competitiveness capacity of SMEs. Within its scope, the European Commission has just published a new Call ‘Blockchain

5 Oct 2017

Policy workshop on the future of migration in Europe

The EU Policy Lab is currently running a project on the future of migration in Europe. This project contributes to the foresight and anticipation capacity of the European Commission in the policy areas of migration, asylum and integration. Migration is a topic of utmost importance for the future of Europe. Migration policies and systems of governance can benefit from a forward-looking assessment and reflection on global trends that are likely to shape future migration outcomes in

29 Sep 2017

New JRC project on social biking

The Social Biking project (S-b) wants to motivate European citizens to be more physically active and use more environmentally sustainable forms of transport. It is an internet based intervention project, coordinated by the European Commission's Joint Research Centre, designed to collect primary data related to biking and social networks and identify the most efficient social-based incentives for physical activity. The project is based on a tracking app for bikers, the BikePrints app, available in Google Play

25 Sep 2017

EU Policy Lab supporting collaborative policy dialogue in Rabat

Over the past months, we supported the European Commission Directorate General for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations (DG NEAR) in the methodological development of a policy dialogue workshop on youth education and employment policies, which took place in Rabat on 18th, 19th and 20th September. DG NEAR Technical Assistance Information Exchange Instrument (TAIEX) regularly organises workshops in which EU Member State experts are invited to present specific areas of EU legislation to a group of neighbourhood

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