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. 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
  2. The JRC's research on the impacts of climate change looks at economic impacts of our changing climate and includes the Projection of Economic impacts of climate change in Sectors of the European Union based on bottom-up Analysis (PESETA) project.


    Science Areas: Environment and climate change
    Keywords: climate, impact assessment
  3. Research for improving safety in construction is carried out at the JRC's European Laboratory for Structural Assessment (ELSA).


    Science Areas: Safety and Security
    Keywords: accident, safety, building
  4. The economic and policy analysis of patterns and trends in industrial R&D and innovation are the focuses of JRC research in this area.


    Science Areas: Innovation and growth
    Keywords: industry, innovation
  5. Under different sustainable production and consumption policy strategies of the EU, the JRC provides crucial support by analysing the economic, social and environmental variables. This support also includes the construction of databases and development of an econometric model for input-output analysis.


    Science Areas: Environment and climate change, Innovation and growth
    Keywords: efficiency, environment, modelling
  6. Sustainability science is a solution-oriented discipline that studies the complex relationship between nature and humankind, conciliating the mutually influenced scientific and social reference paradigms, and covering multi-temporal and spatial scales. The discipline takes a holistic approach so as to capitalise on and integrate sectorial knowledge, methodologies and a variety of epistemic and normative stances towards defining solutions.


    Science Areas: Environment and climate change
    Keywords: sustainability, impact assessment
  7. 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
  8. The JRC looks into interoperability issues between the electric vehicles and the charging infrastructure, covering hardware and information exchange protocols. Research on e-mobility refers to clean and efficient transport, using electric vehicles, powered either by batteries or by hydrogen fuel cells.


    Science Areas: Energy and transport
    Keywords: transport, electromobility
  9. The JRC carries out measurements and simulations of the European global navigation satellite system, Galileo, in order to identify possible interferences with the current systems.


    Science Areas: Standards
    Keywords: standard, remote sensing