Learn about the SOCIO-BEE project and the role of VUB’s SMIT and LSTS research groups within the project

The VUB teams in SOCIO-BEE

The multidisciplinary Research Group on Law, Science, Technology and Society (LSTS) was created in 2003 as an independent entity within the Faculty of Law & Criminology. With more than 40 researchers at all levels of experience, LSTS has become a prominent European research institute in technology regulation. Specifically, LSTS-VUB has broad expertise in privacy and data protection, an area where the work done by LSTS researchers is highly influential; the impact assessment of technologies and surveillance on fundamental rights in the Information Society; the policymakers‘ engagement, policy and regulatory analysis, as well as the organisation of dissemination and exploitation activities, including conferences, seminars, lectures, trainings and which cover cross-disciplinary matters and attracts hundreds of participants and stakeholders every year.

The research group Studies on Media, Information and Technology (SMIT) of the Universiteit Brussel (VUB) was stablished in 1990, is specialized in fundamental, applied and contract research in the area of ICT and media, markets and policy. With currently a staff of over 95 researchers, and an annual turnover of well over 5M€, SMIT VUB is a major research centre in Europe for policy and socio-economic research relating to ICT and media. SMIT-VUB specialises in social scientific research on media and ICT, with an emphasis on innovation, policy and socio-economic questions. SMIT VUB research combines user, policy and business analysis with both quantitative and qualitative research methodologies, focussing two programmes: data & society and media & society.

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