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. Developing and running software tools and methods able to organise, store, retrieve and analyse large volumes of biological data is what Bioinformatics is all about.


    Science Areas: Health and consumer protection
    Keywords: ICT, genetics
  3. The JRC investigates how emerging technologies and digital trends affect the user’s safety and security in order to help forecast and tackle potential misuse of citizens’ digital information.


    Science Areas: Information Society
    Keywords: ICT, citizen
  4. Cybersecurity research at the JRC provides support to the EU to respond to cyber-attacks and reinforce rules on personal data protection, as well as to ensure that critical networked systems are sufficiently secure and resilient.


    Science Areas: Information Society, Safety and Security
    Keywords: ICT, security
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. The JRC supports the aim of building European confidence in the Digital Society by ensuring it is both ethically balanced and by highlighting the potential security aspects associated with it.


    Science Areas: Information Society
    Keywords: ICT, citizen
  8. 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
  9. The JRC develops tools for automatic analysis of open sources from the internet in order to support users in their need to monitor information, detect threats, follow trends and analyse impact.


    Science Areas: Safety and Security
    Keywords: surveillance, ICT
  10. 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