JRC research topics

The JRC carries out research in a wide variety of fields. Located across five sites throughout the EU, seven research institutes work in the areas of agriculture and food security, energy and transport, environment and climate change, health and consumer protection, information society, safety and security, innovation and growth, measurements and standards, and nuclear safety and security.

  1. In the policy area of the information study, behavioural economics studies individuals' interactions with digital technology, or digital behaviour. The term is not new.  It has already been studied by consulting companies seeking to provide an overview of how consumers are using digital consumer goods. From the point of view of the European policy-maker, however, digital behaviour is relevant for different reasons: 


    Science Areas: Information Society
    Keywords: ICT, citizen
  2. JRC research involves the Digital Economy research programme, which was started in January 2012 to address some of the most important economic issues linked to digital information technology.


    Science Areas: Information Society
    Keywords: ICT, market
  3. Based on their enabling characteristics, ICTs permit all sectors in society to influence the way we live, work and behave. With citizens becoming active participants in the European Knowledge Society and thus being able to consume and produce digital content, the market for content needs to become open to innovation and new actors.


    Science Areas: Information Society
    Keywords: ICT, citizen
  4. Since the economic downturn, unemployment is reaching unprecedented levels. According to Eurostat, in July 2013, the unemployment rate in EU28 was 11%, amounting to almost 27 million men and women unemployed. Furthermore, unemployment is hitting more severely some groups such as young people, migrants and people with lower skills. In July 2013, the youth unemployment rate in EU28 was 23,4%. The Employment Pack, Towards a Job Rich Recovery launched in 04/2012 aims at addressing this challenge.


    Science Areas: Information Society
    Keywords: employment
  5. The Information and Communication Technology (ICT) industry and ICT-enabled innovation in other industries and services make an increasingly important contribution to the economic growth of advanced economies.


    Science Areas: Information Society
    Keywords: ICT, industry
  6. JRC research in this area focuses on how to make better use of ICT for rethinking learning, for innovating education and training and for addressing new skills requirements (e.g. digital competence) to generate growth, employment and social inclusion.


    Science Areas: Information Society
    Keywords: training, ICT