Two laboratories of the CNAM that have innovation at the heart of their research themes are part of IFRIS and provide their expertise in the analysis of the social and solidarity economy, in the study of social innovation, and in the building of science and technology scenarios.
Created in 2011, the LIRSA (Interdisciplinary Laboratory of Research in Action Science) brings together researchers working on management, economics, law and other closely related disciplines. Two centres of research, one connected to R. Barré’s work and the other to that of G. Garel, are affiliated with IFRIS.
The first focuses on the production and circulation of scientific and technological knowledge, on the manner in which this knowledge contributes to both social and economic development, and on the role of the public authorities in this field. The aim is primarily to contribute to the analysis and evaluation of public policies and of the research and innovation institutions by providing methodology and concepts.
The second centre of research concentrates on the issues regarding innovation management. More specifically, in collaboration with companies, G. Garel leads research work on innovation management and project management.
A team from LISE (Interdisciplinary Laboratory for Economic Sociology), grouped around Jean-Louis Laville, runs the “Solidarity, Territory and Innovation” research programme, underpinned by an anti-utilitarian theory of individual and collective action and which articulated around three axes:
- The first consists in the complete integration of the diversity of the registers and levels below and beyond the national framework which has defined institutional solidarity in the 20th century. The idea is tohave the means to think the plurality of solidarity, on different interdependent scales, via various processes and actions, with the contribution of different types of actors and historical institutions.
- The second consists in considering and comprehending the territory as a social construct and as a producer of historicity, social networks and political transactions.
- The third consists in affirming the vital importance of critical social sciences and of the renewal of a critical perspective. An epistemology of critique leads to the refuting of a sociology of the overhang focused on the phenomena of reproduction and denying all validity as to the intentionality of subjects.
Institutions to which it is affiliated: CNAM