ABOUT THE LAB
The EU Policy Lab is a physical space designed to foster creativity and engagement to develop interactions, processes and tools contributing to bring innovation in the European policy-making. Our work is articulated around four complementary dimensions: Foresight, Behavioural Insights, Design for Policy and Citizen Engagement. Likewise other policy labs, the emphasis is on testing, experimenting and co-designing with our stakeholders by using tailored made approaches and relying a lot on visualisation.
Our work focuses on foresight and horizon scanning to look into the longer-term impact of policies and anticipate implications of emerging societal challenges, while exploring how people behave and respond to different policy instruments, in a context where design and visual communication contribute to co-create and prototype effective policies for all citizens.
We like to think about our Lab that it opens up the conversation and facilitates collaboration between policy-makers and stakeholders. Here, we explore, we connect and we find solutions for better policies. Read more about How we do this and how we can help you.PRINT VERSION
JOANA SOUSA LOURENCO
LOLA CARMONA ZAFRA
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.
Citizen Engagement is a crucial element of effective policy-making that caters to the needs of European citizens. Centred at the nexus of science and policy-making, the JRC focuses on better understanding citizen needs and integrating citizen insights more effectively into robust and sustainable long-term policy.