BRAINPOoL is being delivered by the following consortium of partners across Europe:

TNO, Netherlands

The Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research (TNO) is an independent and not-for-profit research organization primarily concerned with the application of scientific knowledge to improve the competitiveness of companies and organisations, assist governments with policy matters, and to contribute to the quality of society as a whole.

The strategy and policy research of TNO Innovation & Environment aims to realise and drive innovations regarding complex societal and spatial issues using insights gained from innovation sciences, public administration and spatial planning and economics. A specific knowledge field is the management of complex systems: new forms of cooperation between authorities and stakeholders to deal with combined public-private issues in the field of innovation and spatial development.

TNO is the overall coordinator of the BRAINPOoL project and responsible for the project management. TNO will also lead the knowledge brokerage activities in WP4 in which workshops will be organized to verify drivers and barriers on the use of Beyond GDP indicators, and to develop a joint vision and action plan with target groups on how to use Beyond GDP indicators in policy making.

nef (New Economics Foundation)

nef (the new economics foundation) is an independent think-and-do tank striving for an economy that serves the interests of people and the planet. nef, and its Centre for Well-Being, has been working on Beyond GDP indicators since 2001, with an emphasis on ensuring that these indicators measure what matters in terms of people’s well-being and our impact on the planet, as well as a clear intention to link indicators to policy.  It is well-known for developing the Happy Planet Index and National Accounts of Well-Being, two initiatives which have shaped the debate on measurement in the UK, Europe and beyond. The team have contributed to official Beyond GDP process in both the UK’s Office for National Statistics and the European Commission.  In BRAINPOoL, nef is leading WP3 (Work package 3), which involves action research case studies with policy makers, and WP7 on dissemination.  nef is also heavily involved in WP1, reviewing the Beyond GDP reservoir, and will contribute to all other WPs.

Université Libre de Bruxelles, CEDD

Within the University of Brussels, the Centre of studies of Sustainable Development (CEDD) focuses on the study of sustainable development through the analysis of its concepts, principles, and applications. In particular, the CEDD carries out multidisciplinary studies on various aspects of environmental policies and strategies relating to sustainable development: assessment and development of policies and actions and their connection with the socio-economic, technical or philosophical context of sustainable development.

Tom Bauler teaches and coordinates a research team at the CEDD on governance in environmental policy and ecological economics. He holds the Environment and Economics Chair at the University. His research focuses on the institutionalization, evaluation and use of public policy instruments in environmental policy, e.g. indicators in decision-making and planning. He will collaborate on the first part of this project with Nathalie Pipart. After a degree in Political Science and a masters in Environmental Science and Management at ULB, she works as a researcher for the CEDD. She is participating in the BEES cluster project (Belgium Ecosystem Services) exploring the use of the ecosystem services concept and the demand for ecosystem services (e)valuations in Belgian environmental policy.

In BRAINPOol, the CEDD will mainly be in charge of WP2.

Erasmus University Rotterdam

The Department of Public Administration at the Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) specializes in, among others, evaluation research. Within the research group Governance of Complex Systems special attention has been paid to learning, responsive, and interactive evaluations as methods of evaluation that incorporate the complexity of the systems in which the evaluation is carried out. Evaluation in this sense is about systemic, interactive, learning-oriented research, carried out during the duration of a given project or programme. This ex durante approach means that advice can be provided to the project or programme along the way on how to improve its functioning and its chances of impact. For BRAINPOoL, Erasmus University will carry out an evaluation throughout the 30 months of the project, in which both internal project dynamics as well as external dynamics and the interaction of these with the project will be studied and reflected upon. EUR is mostly active in WP6, but will fulfil a smaller role in several of the other work packages as well, most notably WP4.

Charles University Environment Centre (Charles University in Prague)

Charles University Environment Center (CUEC) is a research institution within Charles University in Prague. CUEC initiates the establishment of study programmes and courses and participates in teaching at University Faculties. Also, CUEC conducts scientific and research work in three main fields: environmental education, economics and sociology, and environmental sustainability indicators. The latter focuses on the assessment of environmental pressure caused by the exploitation of resources – materials, energy, and land. It is theoretically grounded in the concept of socio-economic metabolism. Methodologies are advanced in material and energy flows, ecosystem services assessment, footprinting and environmental accounting approaches, etc. The ultimate objective is to implement research results in practical decision-making at appropriate levels (e.g. sustainability indicators for national government, municipal quality of life indicators).


Université de Toulouse

Toulouse II University is one of the biggest universities for social sciences in France. GEODE (Geography of Environment) is a Research Unit of the CNRS (National Centre for Scientific Research) located in the University of Toulouse II. Established in 1969, GEODE is an interdisciplinary research unit in geography working on the interactions between environment and society, confronting concepts and methods of geography with other fields such as political, social or historical sciences. Léa SEBASTIEN (assistant professor and researcher at Toulouse II University; member of the POINT -Policy Use of Indicators-European project), has experience on categorizing factors for indicator use, on analyzing the demand for sustainability indicators, and on methods elaborated to analyze stakeholder dynamics. For that reason, Toulouse II University is mostly concerned with WP2 (work package 2, characterizing demand) and WP3 (action research and practical cases).

World Future Council

The World Future Council is an independent, charitable think-and-do tank that consists of 50 respected members from all five continents, representing governments, parliaments, the arts, civil society, science and the business world. We endeavour to bring the interests of future generations to the centre of policy making by developing and spreading solutions to tackle the challenges of our time in the fields of Climate, Energy, Cities, Justice, Sustainable Ecosystems, Sustainable Economies, Finance, Peace and Disarmament. Our members and staff have been involved in many processes driving the beyond GDP agenda (European Parliaments EU Beyond-GDP Conference in 2007, the OECD’s Global Project on Measuring the Progress of Society, the Rio+20 Summit on Sustainable Development) and served as public speakers on the issue. In BRAINPOoL, the WFC is leading WP5 (work package 5) synthesising the final outcomes of the project, and is contributing to other work packages through WP7 knowledge brokerage, outreach activities and the final conference.