LISER is a Luxembourgish public research institute under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Higher Education and Research. Its research focus lies in the field of social and economic policy including the spatial dimension. This comprises topics like poverty, inequality, education, social inclusion, employment, unemployment, health, housing, mobility, and regional convergence. LISER’s missions are to undertake both fundamental and applied research in the social sciences that aim to advance knowledge, support public policy action (both at the national and European level) and inform society.
The research activities of the Institute are carried out by three research departments labelled "Labour Market", "Living Conditions", and "Urban Development and Mobility". In addition, the Survey and Data Centre team is in charge of data collection through face-to-face and online surveys, research in survey methodology and survey statistics, as well as creation and management of databases in social sciences.
The Institute employs 128 people, of whom 72 are researchers and PhD candidates. The research team is representative of a high degree of interdisciplinarity and includes demographers, economists, geographers, legal experts, political scientists, psychologists, social scientists, and statisticians.
LISER has an annual budget of approximately 18,5 million euro, of which 60% is allocated by the government, and 40% are coming from project related funding resources. Governmental funding is based on a multiannual performance contract.