The ANU Centre for European Studies (ANUCES) was awarded a two-year Erasmus+ Jean Monnet grant to run a series of Europa Policy Labs (EUROPOL) that 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 focus on specific policy challenges including environment, trade, and migration. Both quantitative and qualitative methods are 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 is 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.

Download our Europa Policy Labs information flyer (PDF)

Europa Policy Lab Visiting Fellows

The Europa Policy Labs are delivered by nine Visiting Fellows from around the world, who were appointed early in 2018:

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’

Professor Carsten Daugbjerg – University of Copenhagen
'The Changed Architecture on the EU’s Agricultural Policy and Implications for a Free Trade Agreement with Australia'

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’

See the Europa Policy Labs news and events page to find out about past and upcoming Europa Policy Labs.


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