February 21, 2019

Social Lab 17: Non-nuclear direct actions of the Joint Research Center

What is a Social Lab?

Description

Horizon 2020 pillar: Societal Challenges

Social Lab 17 “Joint Research Centre (JRC)” connects stakeholders involved in various units of the JRC with external persons that have been professionally engaged with the JRC, such as evaluators or researcher. The group addresses a number of social challenges related to a current project on autonomous road transport (ART).

Social Lab workshops

Workshop 1

Date: 24 & 25 September 2018

Place: Ispra, Italy

Workshop 2

Date: 6 & 7 May 2019

Workshop 3

Date: Q3 2019

Pilot Actions

Pilot Action 1: Stakeholder/citizen engagement (at the JRC site Ispra, Italy)

This pilot is linked to a recent JRC project on autonomous road transport (ART). The main idea of this pilot is to engage various people that work at the JRC site in Ispra (as well as schoolchildren of the local European School) in the ART project. This action aims to get various people and perspectives involved in already acheduled on-site-activities such as automated delivery vehicles. This piolot is organized by a group of JRC staff located in various units at the Ispra site and it thus aspires to diversify the cast of actors involved in ART. Beyond that it encourages breaking silos between JRC units which was identified as one major challenge during the first social lab workshop.

Pilot Action 2: Stakeholder/citizen needs mapping (beyond the JRC site Ispra, Italy)

This pilot is linked to the JRC project on autonomous road transport (ART) which is also addressed by the other pilot action of this social lab. The main idea of this pilot is to map the needs of different stakeholders in regard to mobility based on participatory methods as well as on an already anticipated Eurobarometer survey on ART. This action is organized by a group of JRC staff located in various units at the Ispra site which fosters, like the first pilot, cooperation across units. This action will provide comparably less oportunities for dialogue than pilot one – yet it will potentially map perceptions of a wide and diverse sample of EU citizens.

Pilot Action 3: Testing alternative narratives (non-techno fix)

This pilot is linked to the JRC project on autonomous road transport (ART) which is also addressed by the other pilot action of this social lab. The main idea of this pilot is to critically challenge the concept of ART and to explore alternative mobility solutions beyond ART and technology more general. This pilot will build on existing narratives of researchers and policy makers and to complement them with narratives of citizens (also provided by the other pilots of this SL). This pilot is again organized by various JRC-Ispra staff. It seeks to explore reasonings regarding ART in a very open and qualitative way and thus potentially challenges the „tech-agenda” of the ART project.

Managers, facilitators and researchers

Social Lab Manager: Robert Braun, senior researcher at the Institute for Advanced Studies (IHS), Vienna, Austria

Social Lab Facilitator: Elisabeth Frankus, senior researcher at the Institute for Advanced Studies (IHS), Vienna, Austria

Social Lab Researcher: Johannes Starkbaum (until April 2018 Helmut Hönigmayer), researcher at the Institute for Advanced Studies (IHS), Vienna, Austria