IS Areas of Work

The work of the Information Society (IS) Unit focuses on various specific areas that contribute to addressing key EU challenges: for example, re-starting economic growth, ensuring long-term competitiveness, fighting unemployment and reinforcing social cohesion.  In particular, the IS Unit:

  • Assists Commission services in the conception, design and execution of behavioural studies. Behavioural economics allows policy-makers to better understand and influence people's behaviour, to design better policies and gently influence behaviour where behaviour change is the main policy objective. More on Behavioural Economics…
  • Develops groundbreaking economic research to investigate the new dynamics generated by the wide utilisation of ICT. Policy makers rightly view a healthy, competitive and growing EU digital economy as a key component of European recovery and future prosperity. More on Digital Economy...
  • Undertakes the mapping and analysis of the dynamics of ICT R&D and its innovation potential in the rest of the European economy. The ICT industry sector, with its annual R&D expenditure of ~€34Bill PPP (2007) represents a quarter of total European Business Expenditure in Research and Development (BERD), and is a major engine of innovation and competitiveness. More on ICT Industry Analysis...
  • Explores the potential of ICT for better governance focussing on the emerging field of ICT for governance and policy modelling and investigating new ICT-enabled governance models in European cities. More on eGovernance…
  • Analyses the role and impact of ICT applications and initiatives for socio-economic integration of migrants and youth at risk, and the role of ICT in support of domiciliary carers of elderly people. More on Inclusion & Cultural Diversity...
  • Provides evidence on the role and impact of ICT (through digital inclusion, digital competence, ICT mediated social interventions and ICT based social innovation) on the increase of employability of groups at risk of social exclusion such as migrants, youth at risk, carers and elderly people, and the intermediaries working with them . More on Employability…
  • Investigates the potential of ICT for education and training, innovation and skills, to upgrade the labour force’s skills to match current and future jobs, and to increase the quality of education and the take-up of lifelong learning. This is key to addressing current unemployment, particularly youth unemployment, and sustainable growth. More on Learning & Skills...
  • Analyses the current and future socio-economic impact of Social Computing in a number of areas to provide robust, evidence-based, scientific analysis to support EU policy makers. More on Social Computing...
  • Studies the area dealing with identity, privacy and societal attitudes to the adoption of ICT. This work addresses a wide range of sensitive enabling issues centred on the "digital citizen" and measures the opportunities, threats, intrusions and risks that are inherent in a digital, networked society. More on Digital Living & Identity...
  • Analyses the economic aspects of eHealth. It develops quantitative analysis in the area of ICT contribution to the care of the elderly or chronically ill patients, in response to demographic changes and at a time when health budgets are stretched and consume more than 8% of EU GDP.  More on Economic Aspects of eHealth...


In July 2009, the IRIS (Intelligence and Research for the Information Society in Europe) Framework Agreement between DG Information Society and Media, Directorate C (DG INFSO/C) and DG Joint Research Centre, IPTS (JRC-IPTS) was established in order to coordinate and prioritise the topics of techno-economic research and analysis that support the strategic policy work of DG INFSO on an annual basis. More on IRIS...