Studies and research

Cogea conducts studies and research on a wide range of topics: agriculture, fisheries, maritime policy, transport, energy, tourism, etc. Its main clients include primarily European institutions, but also private clients. Depending on the size and characteristics of the study, Cogea works through its consultants or in partnership with some of Europe's leading companies and universities.

Most studies are concerned with the analysis of socio-economic phenomena through the use of various methodologies, including cost-benefit analyses, input-output analyses, econometric models and spatial analyses. 

A number of studies carried out by Cogea and its partners have been of particular relevance in institutional settings in recent years, and have been referenced by specialist press and media and by scientific literature. The study on the competitiveness of European wines, conducted on behalf of the European Commission's DG AGRI in 2014, is a case in point. In 2017 a study conducted for EASME and the European Commission's DG MARE sought to establish a method for collecting and analysing quantitative data on the maritime economy within the European Union. The method adopted was later taken up by the European Commission itself to produce an annual publication entitled Blue Economy Report.

Also, in 2017 Cogea conducted a study on the market potential of marine renewable energies, together with Portuguese company WavEC. The study hypothesised different development scenarios for wave, current and tidal energy. The final section of the study included recommendations for the framework of a fund to support investments in the sector.