Political and economic debate in the public domain recognizes innovation as a crucial factor in the development of contemporary society. The most recent research perspectives, as well as governament support for innovation, recognize the great importance of the contribution made by various social actors and strongly advocate co-production and circularity. The research activities carried out by Pa.S.T.I.S. in this area cover various dimensions: the contexts of production and consumption within which innovative processes are carried out; the policies and institutional tools relating to the promotion and governance of innovation; the expectations and the cultural frameworks of the various actors who participate in these processes; cultural representations and media discourses relating to the theme of innovation; and the use of innovations by users and the involvement of citizens.
The research projects relating to open science and open innovation are divided into four main areas:
Innovation in the public sphere considers innovation processes that are fundamental to the transformation of our society, highlighting the mutual influence of science, technology, and society from a co-evolutionary perspective. In particular, it analyses how innovation is constructed in the context of political and institutional confrontation, in public opinion, and in the media.
Evolution of consumption in the digital society examines the multiple transformations involved in the diffusion of digital networks regarding changes in daily life and consumption. These are fundamental contexts for observing the contemporary trends that characterize the relationships between innovation, technology, and society.
Information infrastructure, design, and standardization research pays specific attention to the study of innovative designs and the ways in which they take shape. It also examines the creation of information infrastructure and the related standardisation processes, from both the technical and sociocultural perspectives.
Circularity, sustainability, and responsibility at Pa.S.T.I.S. favours an interdisciplinary approach that is concretized in the collaboration between sociologists and economists. The organisation has recently launched new research projects on these issues, with a strong focus on the relationship between local contexts, technological infrastructure, and decision-making processes.
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