Policy Analysis

Policy Agendas for Sustainable Production and Consumption Systems

Policy agendas and strategies create horizons of aspiration in order to address today’s societal challenges. They create systems of incentives in order to steer society and the economy in the right direction.

Addressing these societal challenges of today requires interdisciplinary thinking and collaboration between policy makers, experts, governments, companies and society. Various networks of stakeholders, operating at multiple scales have developed mutually reinforcing policy agendas, helping to align international and local perspectives:

  • International Policy Agendas, such as Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs, especially SDG 12, but also 7, 8, 9, 11, 13, 14, 15), the Paris Agreement commitments, OECD Guidelines for Multi-nationals or the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights
  • European Policy Agendas, including those for Environment, Agriculture, Climate, Competition, Trade, Research and Innovation, Regional and Urban Policy, as well as International Cooperation
  • National Governmental Policies, including Rural Development Plans, National Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation Strategies, as well as those for Research, Innovation and Regional Development
  • Industry or Sector Policies, developed by clusters, industry associations and regional experts

The challenge of Policy Work

Nevertheless, the conceptual systems developed by different policy agendas are complex, hard to grapple, rapidly evolving, and in some cases even striding for competing goals. Different stakeholder agendas and power plays can create deadlocks, or even threaten the achievement of crucial milestones for sustainable production and consumption systems. Understanding the interconnections between different scales of policy, their appropriateness to the technological and societal readiness level of each national or regional context can be a daunting task. It requires strategic data gathering, contextualization and scenario-based reasoning with knowledgeable experts.

How our Policy Analysis Service help you

Our Policy Analysis Service can

help governments and municipalities who want to know how they can translate European policy in actionable long-term regional strategies, identifying bottlenecks and leverage points create sustainable production and consumption systems in their regions

> help NGOs and innovation-minded organizations understand new policy arenas and draw road-maps to remove policy barriers preventing the upscaling of sustainable production and consumption systems in their regions or sectors

help companies and industry associations improve the competitiveness of their business or sector-strategy by knowing exactly who to influence and with what instruments in order to achieve their goals

Our approach to Policy Analysis

We combine both classical and cutting-edge Policy Analysis methods in order to help your organization get the insights it needs into the policy arena of your choice and achieve their goals:

  • Law and Regulation Analysis
  • Program, Impact and Implementation Evaluations
  • Stakeholder and Power Analysis
  • Social Network Analysis
  • Environmental Valuation Studies
  • Development of Cost-Benefit Analysis

We base our conclusions on a solid evidence base. We insist on applying the latest research methods, and state-of-the-art data collection and analysis from both international databases and national specialized sector data. We know how to conduct interviews with both high level officials, and farmers to lay the foundations of evidence-based policy-making.