• 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


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

18 Sep 2017

Creative Hubs Youth Employment Pilot

Creative Hubs Youth Employment Pilot Information Webinar 3rd of October at 11AM Brussels time (10AM London time) Link The Directorate General for Education and Culture would like to explore together with creative hubs the role the hubs can play in supporting young people to find meaningful and remunerated jobs in a labour market shaped by the gig-based economy. In support to this pilot, the EU Policy Lab has teamed up with Cat Drew, project director

21 Jul 2017

Scenario Exploration for the Circular Ocean project

On Sunday July 16 and Monday July 17, 2017, the EU Policy Lab joined the partners of the Circular Ocean project in Reykjavic to prepare and run a scenario exploration session on the issue of reusing and recycling waste fishing nets and ropes. The Circular Ocean project An estimated 640,000 tonnes of fishing nets are left in the oceans around the globe every year. It might seem like a small fraction of the 8-12 million

19 Jul 2017

Citizen engagement, a design challenge?

On the 1st of July I witnessed a conversation that re-enacted and summarized very well many contemporary online and offline debates and rants on participatory democracy and citizen engagement. It happened in the context of a very well organised workshop designed and run by Saya Sauliere with Rebeca Díez Escudero, hosted by the EU Policy Lab at MediaLab Prado in Madrid. The workshop was one of the three activities (report here) that Saya and Rebeca

13 Jul 2017

First Workshop of #Blockchain4EU: Blockchain for Industrial Transformations

On July 4th we organised the first workshop related to the project #Blockchain4EU: Blockchain for Industrial Transformations in Brussels. This was the first of a series of participatory and stakeholder engagement activities taking place until February 2018. #Blockchain4EU This project is a forward looking sociotechnical exploration of existing, emerging and potential applications based on Blockchain and other Distributed Ledger Technologies (DLTs) for industrial / non-fintech sectors. It is led by the EU Policy Lab of

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. On this occasion, the organisers presented "Mobility is a serious game", an adaptation of our Scenario Exploration System tool. Following early interest in the Scenario Exploration System (SES) by the Colruyt Group, Prof. Cathy Macharis, head of the MOBI research group at

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

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