Since its foundation in 1990 Centre for Social Innovation (CSI) is committed to contribute to the advancement of empirically substantiated social innovation by interdisciplinary and international co-operation. 'Social innovation' is defined as invention, adjustment or application of new societal concepts applicable to decision making and development processes in public administration, political bodies, legislation, private enterprises, organisations of the social partners and of the civil society.
CSI is a private, non-profit research institute, based in Vienna, Austria. On basis of sound socio-economic research cross-sector activities in education, training, policy consulting, networking and the organisation of conferences are performed by CSI. Work is organised interdisciplinary and situated extensively within international networks. European issues play an important role in the work of the CSI, emphasising EU-enlargement and socio-economic and cultural sustainability of the European Union and its current and future member states.
Scientific qualifications and practical experiences of the 30+ regular employees of the CSI encompass a variety of expertise including labour market issues and social policies, education and training (incl. implementation and usage of ICT for co-operative eLearning), ethnic business, e-work, European S&T, technology assessment, environmental and cultural studies.
CSI has been and is involved in various European projects, supported by specific research programmes under the 4th, 5th and 6th European Framework Programmes for RTD. A variety of projects contribute to other Community programmes and initiatives (such as ADAPT and EMPLOYMENT, LEONARDO, SOCRATES, INTAS, COST etc.).
Based upon its competence and performance the CSI is contributing to
socio-economical goals and research priorities:
Work and Equal Opportunities:
Technology and Knowledge:
In these areas the CSI is offering analysis and concepts of social-innovation
based upon basic and applied research and policy advice.
Staff working on the project: Elke Dall, Astrid Haider, Maria Koller