People are pictured outside the European Commission headquarters in Brussels, Belgium June 14, 2017.

Research for EU and Brussels-based organisations

The challenging times Europe faces pose complex problems to policy-makers and stakeholders alike. At the same time, the trend towards austerity in all areas of public spending has brought with it a pressing need for smart governments and evidence-based policy decisions.

RAND Europe's distinctive set of research skills, multidisciplinary approach and more than 25 years of expertise in international policy analysis allows it to make efficient use of existing data and policy tools to optimise public policy planning. Our range of studies for EU institutions and other Brussels-based international organisations and foundations have included impact assessments, evaluations of institutions and policy initiatives, benchmarking exercises and foresight studies.

Through our office in Brussels, RAND Europe specialises in pan-European research and is dedicated to offering an evidence base for EU decision-making. This page highlights the work we have done and are currently conducting for our clients.

Current and Completed Research

  • Exploring Europe's defence capability requirements for 2035 and beyond

    06 Jul 2018

    A multi-disciplinary study on behalf of the European Defence Agency found the need for conventional weapons systems will persist and the need for cyberspace capabilities will increase. Also, more coordination of existing R&D programmes is needed across the various EDA member states.

  • Ensuring High-Quality Job Creation from EU Funding Programmes

    14 Jun 2018

    Following the 2008 global economic crisis, job creation has been a key focus of recovery. The European Parliament has commissioned RAND Europe to analyse various EU funding programmes’ potential to create high-quality jobs and identify key characteristics for job-creation success.

  • The cost of terrorism in Europe

    06 Jun 2018

    Terrorism is negatively associated with economic growth in Europe. Between 2004 and 2016, the 28 EU member states lost around €180 billion in GDP terms due to terrorist attacks, in addition to the human toll through loss-of-life and injuries.

  • Would the EU Benefit from Common Liability Rules for Autonomous Vehicles?

    20 Apr 2018

    Researchers explored the potential impacts of AVs on European car manufacturers, the insurance industry, connected industries and markets, and those who provide public provision of services and supervise compliance.

  • Game-changing technologies in European services sectors

    19 Apr 2018

    New and potentially ‘game-changing’ technologies such as advanced robotics, autonomous transport devices, blockchain, virtual and augmented reality, and wearable devices, will inevitably impact the EU's services sectors. Researchers are exploring their applicability and wider socio-economic implications.

  • Challenges and Opportunities for Operationalising Border Security Research

    26 Mar 2018

    RAND Europe examined how border security research is set up, managed and operationalised in the EU, US, Canada and Australia in order to understand how these processes could be improved in the EU.

  • 'Free' trials mislead many EU consumers

    19 Mar 2018

    Labelling that includes a notice of the monthly fee to be charged after the end of a free trial can help to improve consumers' awareness of subscription traps, but many people overlook the information or are overconfident in their ability to remember to cancel.

  • Measuring migration using big data

    13 Mar 2018

    Social media data may help the EU estimate migration flows and stocks of migrants. A team of researchers from five organisations will collaborate to develop a sustainable method of measurement and model of calculation of (labour) mobility and migration within the EU.

  • Evaluating the Impact of EU R&D into PRNDs

    21 Feb 2018

    EU-funded research and development into poverty-related and neglected diseases has had a significant impact on strengthening research capacity in low- and middle-income countries, but its effects on encouraging universal health coverage is less clear.

  • Examining the UK's compliance with the EU Written Statement Directive

    12 Feb 2018

    The EU Written Statement Directive gives employees the right to be notified in writing about the essential aspects of their employment relationship, but changes in the labour market have led the EU to consider updating the Directive. As part of a larger assessment, RAND Europe examined the UK's compliance with the Written Statement Directive.

  • Landscaping cyber defence capabilities in Europe

    08 Feb 2018

    The European Defence Agency has commissioned a review of European cyber defence capabilities. This research will augment the EU Cyber Defence Policy Framework reporting with a comprehensive and full spectrum view of cyber defence capabilities.

  • The benefits and drawbacks of remote voting solutions

    15 Jan 2018

    RAND Europe and Open Evidence are examining the extent to which remote voting solutions—particularly internet voting—are employed in the European member states. The research aims to identify the costs, risks and challenges associated with remote voting.