Economic and social research

SI DRIVE is a European research project funded under the 7th Framework Programme for Research and Innovation (FP7).

The project, which involves 25 partners from all over Europe and the World, started in 2014 and will continue for 4 years until the end of 2017.

The aim of the research is not only to advance knowledge and theoretical understanding of social innovation, but also to investigate from an empirical perspective into the ways in which this happens in practice, in different national contexts and policy fields (education, employment, environment, energy, mobility and transport, health and social care, poverty reduction and sustainable development).

Through to the comparative analysis of emerging social innovation dynamics in different European countries and regions of the world (including Australia, Canada, Chile, China, India, South Africa and many others), and through the mapping of over 1000 cases of social innovation (with the realization of around 70 in-depth case studies), SI DRIVE will produce sound and useful knowledge about the challenges, strengths, and possible pathways to the promotion of innovative projects, initiatives, and businesses that better respond to the needs of people and communities.

LAMA is a partner of SI DRIVE in charge of developing research activities that concern Italy, analyzing the dynamics and challenges of social innovation in this country, and realizing case studies with a focus on three sectors: Health and Social Care, Energy, Poverty Reduction and Sustainable Development. With respect to the Energy sector, LAMA covers research activities also for the region of the Balkans.

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