CRISES. The Centre de recherche sur les innovations sociales

CRISES was formed in 1986 by Benoît Lévesque and Paul R. Bélanger. Since 2001, CRISES has been a regroupement stratégique (a strategic alliance) funded by the Fonds québécois de recherche sur la société et la culture (FQRSC).

The Centre de recherche sur les innovations sociales (CRISES) is an interuniversity and multidisciplinary research centre. It brings together about sixty researchers, each of whose primary affiliation is with one of the following seven institutions: Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM), Université du Québec en Outaouais (UQO), Université du Québec à Rimouski (UQAR), Université Laval, Concordia University, École des hautes études commerciales de Montréal (HEC Montréal) and Institut national de la recherche scientifique Urbanisation, Culture et Société (INRS-U.C.S.).
CRISES members come from a variety of disciplines: anthropology, geography, history, mathematics, philosophy, industrial relations, management sciences, economics, political science, sociology and social work. They study and analyze innovation and social change in three complementary areas: territory, quality of life and work and employment.

CRISES conducts some of its research in partnership with social and economic actors. Its members play a central role in networking with civil society and in the transfer of knowledge to the community.

CRISES objectives:

  • Produce and disseminate new knowledge on social innovation and social transformation;
  • Provide a forum to discuss and coordinate research activities;
  • Promote new avenues of basic and applied research;
  • Develop new partnerships;
  • Organize activities of interest to scholars or involving the transfer of knowledge;
  • Train junior researchers.

In addition to conducting numerous research projects, providing facilities for post-doctoral trainees and training students, CRISES organizes a series of seminars and conferences that facilitate the exchange and dissemination of new knowledge. The centre also coordinates several collections of working papers conveying the most recent work of its members.
The main CRISES offices are located on the UQAM campus. However, regional branches of CRISES take an active part in many of its activities.

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