Smart glasses, sustainable energy supply, smart urbanisation, Big Data, robotisation, circular economy – our world is changing fast. Manoeuvrability is essential to an adequate response: among citizens (for instance, new behaviour), companies (such as new revenue models) and governments (like new policy). The Strategy & Policy department helps tackle these changes. After all, good anticipation is crucial for successful innovation.
The three teams that play a role are Environmental Planning, Innovation Intelligence and Digital Society.
This team focuses on enhancing strategic decision-making on sustainability and spatial development on the basis of studying the interaction between knowledge, people and the environment. They investigate the (knowledge) transfer and implementation of new technical solutions aimed at making the energy supply, mobility flow and urbanisation more sustainable, and embedding and justifying the technological approach in respect of new problems faced by society, like earthquakes and climate adaptation. One example of this is the European FosterREG project that is investigating how the built environment can be made energy-efficient, not only in terms of technical measures but also how this can best be organised.
This team (iTeam) analyses the impact of innovation and technology on the economy and on society, and vice versa: how can we make optimum use of innovation to achieve societal goals? Currently, the team is working on projects deriving from the Smart Industry Agenda, which contributes to the digitalisation of industry, such as “Fieldlabs”, like the “Dutch Optical Centre”. These real-life environments enable companies and knowledge institutions to develop, test and implement Smart Industry solutions, and give people the opportunity to learn to use these solutions. The team analyses the problems that such Fieldlabs come up against. The iTeam is very active in Europe, such as the digitalisation of industry via Horizon2020 projects.
This team evaluates and intervenes in issues relating to digitalisation. Examples include the impact and value of data, privacy aspects, valorisation, (social) media, Big Data and disruptive ICT innovations like Blockchain Technology. The team works on Privacy Roadweb, which is studying how organisations can develop a privacy-respecting and user-centric approach. As a consequence, a “Privacy Dashboard” has been created, a platform that allows users to control data-processing and privacy.
Our field of scope is not the technical (design) side of innovation; our tightly-knit team comprising different disciplines focuses on strategic policy issues at the beginning and end of the innovation cycle. Our experts and teams work together on the different aspects of the policy cycle for innovation – exploration, agenda-setting, intervention, monitoring and evaluation. S&P customers are the European Commission, the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs, municipal and provincial authorities.
Given the variety of backgrounds and customers, our work is not limited to any one aspect. In our analyses we examine economic, ecological, legal, cultural and political aspects. In this way we achieve a comprehensive result that has impact on society.