Europa Policy Labs

Europa Policy Labs
Professor Myriam Merad's Policy Lab, October 2018

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Europa Policy Lab - How is Science Mobilised to Design, Assess and Legitimate Environment and Risk-related Policies? 11 October 2018: This Europa Policy Lab was presented by Professor Myriam Merad from the National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS), France. This seminar sought to establish a cross-cultural diagnosis on the way science and policy interact in Australia, France and more largely in Europe. There was a specific focus on risk-related policies related to the environment, planning and industry installations. His Excellency Dr István Mikola, Ambassador of Hungary was in attendance, as well as representatives from the Australian Government Department of Agriculture and Water Resources, The Australian National University and the diplomatic community. Professor Merad will return in 2019 to deliver a follow up Policy Lab on this topic.

Europa Policy Lab - Making Elections Work for Citizens: Optimising Electoral Ergonomics and the Electoral Experience of Vulnerable Voters, 12 September 2018: This Europa Policy Lab was presented by Professor Michael Bruter and Dr Sarah Harrison from the Electoral Psychology Observatory, London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). For more information, download the program at the bottom of this page.

Europa Policy Lab - Electricity in Central Europe: Policies and Quantitative Estimation, 2 August 2018: The first of our series of Jean Monnet Europa Policy Labs was presented by Professor Karel Janda from the Institute of Economic Studies at Charles University, and the Faculty of Finance and Accounting at the University of Economics, Prague. Presented jointly with the Centre for Applied Macroeconomic Analysis at the Crawford School of Public Policy, Professor Janda's Policy Lab explored renewable electricity in Central Europe. Professor Janda will present a follow-up Policy Lab in December. Watch this space for details closer to the date.

Eight Europa Policy Labs Visiting Fellowship places offered for 2018–19:

  • Professor Michel Bruter – London School of Economics and Political Science, United Kingdom
    ‘Optimising Electoral Ergonomics – Comparing Australian and European Experiences'
  • Dr Karine Chevreul – Université Paris Diderot
    ‘Users’ Empowerment and Involvement in Shaping Mental Health Policy: A Study of the Australian and French Cases’
  • Dr Sarah Harrison – London School of Economics and Political Science, United KingdomUnderstanding the Electoral Needs of Vulnerable and Under–Represented Voters’
  • Professor Karel Janda – Institute of Economic Studies, Charles University, Czech Republic
    ‘Renewable Energy in Europe with Global Connections’
  • Dr Diana Lopez-Falcon – Max Planck Institute, Germany
    ‘Poor and Lonely? Living Conditions of Elderly Migrants’
  • Professor Myriam Merad – Nice Sophia Antipolis University, France
    ‘Expertise and Decisions in Environmental Health, Safety and Security Fields – How is Science Mobilised to Design, Assess and Legitimate Policy?’
  • Professor Irina Ribarova – EU Commission, Belgium, and University of Architecture, Civil Engineering and Geodesy, Sofia, Bulgaria
    ‘The Urban Water Value Chain and Circular Economy Policies’
  • Dr Francesca Vassallo – University of Southern Maine, USA
    ‘Electoral Populism, European Elections and Threats to Democratic Governance’

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About the Europa Policy Labs

The ANU Centre for European Studies (ANUCES) has been awarded a two-year EU Jean Monnet grant to run a series of Europa Policy Labs (EUROPOL) that will offer evidence-based research to challenge the policy status quo and encourage innovative and responsible policies that benefit the EU and Australia.

The Europa Policy Labs will focus on specific policy challenges including environment, trade, and migration. Both quantitative and qualitative methods will be used to answer the following questions:

  • What shapes policy decisions?
  • What works in policy designs?
  • How do we know that the policy is working?

Each Europa Policy Lab research project will be organised into four distinct phases:

  • Diagnose – establish scope and reframe question – to be staged in the visiting fellow’s first Europa Policy Lab presentation;
  • Discover – research phase A – generate insight through employing policy analytics and user insight (ongoing engagement with policy community and stakeholders);
  • Develop – research phase B – generate fresh ideas and recommendations; and
  • Deliver – test and refine shared ideas and proposals to the policy community and stakeholders at the final Policy Lab presentation. Refine project and publish in Policy Briefs and other academic and policy outlets.

Funds are available for eight Europa Policy Labs Visiting Fellowship places staggered throughout 2018, with the first Visiting Fellowship due to commence in April 2018. Each Visiting Fellow will undertake two visits to Australia based at The Australian National University in Canberra. The timing of the two visits is negotiable, but can be no later than 31 August 2019. Europa Policy Labs Visiting Fellows are expected to run an initial policy lab during their first visit, with research findings and dissemination to take place during their second visit. The funds of up to AUD$7,000 for the total fellowship would cover travel to/from Canberra, and accommodation and living expenses for one week per visit.


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