15 Nov 2018

Internet users know the cyber risk, but they need to be told what to do!

To encourage secure online behaviour, warning messages that tell users what they can do to protect themselves are more effective than warning messages that raise fear about the risks of unsecured behaviour. These were the conclusions of a paper recently published by our colleagues from Behavioural Insights, René van Bavel and Nuria Rodríguez-Priego. The relevance of this paper is that too many campaigns use warning messages that raise fear, and not enough focus on telling

30 Oct 2018

The power of network interventions in changing preadolescents’ behaviour

Have you ever wondered how to incentivize your family or a friend to change his/her own behaviour? Rewarding him/her directly with an individual prize is always a good incentive? For instance, will your child exercise more because you give him an "individual" prize or it could be probably more productive to give a prize to his/her best friends instead? This second type of incentive, the "social rewards", is based on the idea that your offspring's

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

27 Apr 2017

Non-ferrous Metals Manufacturing: Vision for 2050 and Actions Needed

Our report on the Future of non-ferrous metals (NFM) has just been published! This report comes at the end of a yearlong process during which the EU Policy Lab worked with representatives of the non-ferrous metals industry and other associations from this sector, researchers, trade unions and our EU-policy-making colleagues. First we identified the main agents of change and analysed the production and consumption system of the NFM industry to co- create a 2050 vision

23 Mar 2017

How Blockchain technology could change our lives?

The Scientific Foresight Unit (STOA) of the European Parliamentary Research Service (EPRS), has recently published an in-depth analysis on Blockchain technology. We contributed to this report, co-authored with Philip Boucher and Mihalis Kritikos from STOA. Beyond the earlier controversies around Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies, what has recently come to the foreground is the potential of its underlying protocol, Blockchain, in many other areas. The report provides an accessible entry point for those curious about Blockchain

9 Jan 2017

Insights from behavioural sciences to prevent and combat violence against women

Violence against women can take many forms, including gender-based physical, sexual and psychological harm. This human rights abuse occurs more often than police and criminal justice statistics suggest. Survey data shows that one in three women in the EU have experienced physical and/or sexual violence since the age of 15, and roughly the same proportion (32 %) has experienced psychologically abusive behaviour by an intimate partner (European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights, 2014). To prevent

19 Dec 2016

New foresight study: The future of the EU collaborative economy

What if…political power in the EU largely moved to the regions and empowered citizens worked together at local and regional level in a spirit of openness and fairness, towards a more sustainable world? This "collaborative economy" could be a place where, in 2030, relatively small digital platforms, often cooperatives or community-owned, are tools to enable everybody to participate in the economy as well as in the community. Sharing, renting and product servitisation (creating value by

29 Nov 2016

The future of food security – New report focused on food safety and nutrition

The report of the foresight study "Delivering on EU food safety and nutrition 2050 – future challenges and policy preparedness", carried out by DG JRC, including the EU Policy Lab, and the Directorate General for Health and Food Safety, is now available. The study adds another perspective to already existing foresight studies which focus rather on the sufficiency aspects of food for a growing world population. However, as today's experience already shows, neither food safety

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

Food vision icons6 Sep 2016

Key findings from our Global Food Security 2030 foresight study

If we want to be able to feed a world of 8 billion people nutritionally and sustainably in less than 15 years' time, it is crucial that we move beyond present-day policies on food and nutrition security and towards a Common Food Systems Policy. This is precisely what we argue in a recent article in Sight and Life magazine summarising the key findings from the JRC report, Global Food Security 2030: Assessing trends with a