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Call for experts for the JRC's Enlightenment 2.0 report "understanding our politcal nature" - closed

We want to understand and explain the drivers that influence policy decisions and political discourse in order to understand how policymaking can be best informed by scientific evidence.

At the Joint Research Centre (JRC), we seek to work with experts from across the globe.

This collaboration helps us to understand the complex system of policy decision-making drivers.

Call for experts

The public call for contributions is closed.

For the Enlightenment 2.0 flagship report, we aim to incorporate input and feedback from:

  • Individual scientists;
  • National experts; and
  • International organizations. 


You can apply either as:

  • Lead Author of a literature review of a specific discipline
  • Contributing Author of a literature review of a specific discipline
  • Reviewer of a literature review of a specific discipline
  • Steering Committee member

You may apply for more than one category and more than one specific discipline.

Please fill out and submit the 'Contributor template' to

/jrc/en/file/document/174933Contributor application template

Deadline: 30 April 2018

We will inform successful candidates by 4 May 2018. 

We will convene a first meeting of experts to scope the flagship report, on 30-31 May 2018 in Brussels, Belgium.

Financial support for travel and accommodation will be available.

For more information please download the terms of reference:

/jrc/en/file/document/174934Terms of reference for expert contributions


For more information, please email:


The Enlightenment was based on new ideas about human rationality.

Many Enlightenment thinkers sought to elevate reason as a source of political authority and the basis of political decisions.

But, research demonstrates that many drivers influence political decision-making besides facts, reasoning and logic.

Yet, policy decision-making processes are still based upon the Enlightenment model.

At the JRC, we want to understand and explain the drivers that influence policy decisions and political discourse.  These drivers may be, for example:

  • cultural
  • ideological
  • economic
  • linguistic
  • psychological
  • political
  • physiological

We will seek to understand these drivers at all dimensions of the political system, whether individual, collective or institutional:

The Enlightenment 2.0 flagship report is the first initiative of a broader programme. It will combine literature reviews of known science across many disciplines, identifying inter-relations in a complex system. 

Disciplines include:

  • Cognitive Linguistics,  
  • Ethnology/Anthropology,
  • Evolutionary Biology,
  • History of The Enlightenment,
  • Neuroscience,
  • Organisational
  • Behaviour,
  • Philosophy of Science,
  • Physiology,
  • Policy Studies,
  • Political Behaviour,
  • Political Psychology,
  • Political Science,
  • Psychology,
  • Social Psychology,
  • Sociology,
  • Theology. 

This work could contribute to a submission for a Special Issue on the behavioural science of public policy of the journal  "Behavioural Public Policy" Edited by Cass Sunstein, Adam Oliver and George Akerloff.

The issue will be dedicated to the behavioural science of public policy.  

If you wish to be considered for inclusion in the special issue, you should also include a proposal for a contribution to the journal in your application.