Yves Punie is senior scientist at the European Commission Joint Research Centre in Seville, Unit Human Capital and Employment. He is leading its research and policy activities on "ICT for Learning and Skills". The research area started in 2005 with the aim to provide evidence-based policy support to the European Commission on harnessing the potential of digital technologies to innovate education and training practices, improve access to lifelong learning and to deal with the rise of new (digital) skills and competences needed for employment, personal development and social inclusion.
The research covers three main interrelated research strands, across all educational sectors: Open Education and OER, Innovating Learning and Teaching and Key Competences and 21st century skills. More than 20 major studies have been undertaken on these issues with more than 100 different publications. All studies are aimed at supporting European policies on the modernisation and innovation of E&T (DG EAC) and development of key competences (DG EMPL).
Before joining the JRC in 2001, he was interim Assistant Professor at the Free University of Brussels (VUB). He holds a Ph.D. in Social Sciences.