The Information Society (IS) Unit at a glance


What is the Mission of the Information Society Unit?

Our mission is to carry out research aimed at providing robust, science-based evidence and policy options that support the widespread take up and effective use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) in the economy and in society.


What does your research focus on?

Our research activities are tightly focused to provide support to the Commission’s visionary proposal for "Europe 2020" and in particular the proposed "Digital Agenda" flagship but also contributions to the flagships in innovation, education, competitiveness, employment and skills and fighting poverty. 

Our current research themes include:

  • Digital Economy and ICT industry analysis
  • Digital Competence and the use and potential of ICT for learning, education and training
  • Digital Living including digital identity and ICT supporting health and wellness
  • Digital Society including ICT for inclusion, cultural diversity and governance.


What are your research tools?

We use a wide range of research tools and methods including multi-disciplinary social, economic and technological approaches that combine qualitative and quantitative methods, modelling, foresight and scenario planning.


Who are your customers?

Our annual research work programme is aligned to the priorities of our policy customers in a number of Directorates General of the Commission including DGs

Communications Networks, Content and Technology (CONNECT), Education & Culture (EAC), Enterprise (ENTR), Home Affairs (HOME), Justice (JUST), Employment (EMPL), Health & Consumer Protection (SANCO), amongst others.


Who are your partners?

We work closely with relevant European and international organisations and have developed a working network of leading scientists in our fields of research.


Where are your research outputs presented?

Our outputs, which are peer-reviewed by the relevant scientific communities, are published in a wide range of scientific and policy journals. They are also presented and discussed at conferences, workshops and seminars.