Using Big Data to Advance Policy Research

Expert Workshop

Using Big Data to Advance Policy Research

Advances in digital technologies now make it possible to collect, store and process massive amounts of data. This explosion of data holds an incredible potential to boost innovation and provide new insights that can help inform policy-making. Against this background, the workshop aims to bring together a group of experts to discuss the framework, structure, challenges and recent developments in big data. The event will touch upon the topics of employment and skills, migration and inequality, as well as the legal and political implications of using big data and notable methodological developments in this area.

The workshop is a one-day event. The first session will take a vertical approach to the main question, specifically addressing the topics of employment, skills, migration and inequality. The second session will focus on methodologies, tools and software as well as the legal implications of using big data.

  • Session 1. How can big data make a difference in research?
  • Session 2. What methodological challenges are posed by using big data in policy analysis?

Expert speakers will discuss the methodologies and challenges in making the best use of big data in policy analysis. The sessions are designed to be highly interactive and practical in content. The speakers will be asked to confine their formal presentations to no more than 20 minutes, followed by 10 minutes of debate and questions.

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Participation is by invitation only. For more information please contact Elisa Martellucci at

May 2016


Karolien Lenaerts
Brian Fabo
CEU Budapest
Jaan Masso
University of Tartu
Sanna Ojanpera
Oxford Internet Institute
Nikos Askitas
Anne Fleur van Veenstra
Martijn Poel


Miroslav Beblavý
Colin Blackman
Head of Digital Forum Unit, CEPS

Using Big Data to Advance Policy Research

May 2016
Participation in this event is exceptionally free of charge.
CEPS Conference room

Place du Congrès 1 - 1000 Brussels