“Social research has been concerned with gathering data that can help us answer questions about various aspects of society and thus can enable us to understand society”. Kenneth Bailey
Social research is, therefore, the place to gather analysis and research concerning the wide range of issues of modern societies and their local peculiarities starting from the social organization and the economic development to the pathological aspects (immigration, racism, illegal, micro criminality, etc.).
The definition of social research is still an open problem: we can’t start a discussion on social research without starting from a more general discussion about the logic of the scientific research. Research is the first step to take in any project of intervention and social improvement. Knowing a situation and understanding the factors causing it are a prerequisite in order to plan specific forms of intervention. Researches are developed using qualitative and quantitative tools allowing a full analysis of the phenomenon and problems studied. The approach is then cross-curricular through the integration of the various working groups. The European Institute of Socio-Economic Development carries out social researches in order to produce information to support the decision-making system of its members and to create social models that can be replicated on the national territory.
Specifically, ISES focuses on the following fields:
- Immigration and intercultural relations - Territorial Welfare - Social exclusion - Technology
ISES activities for Social Research:
- encouraging the international cooperation; - development of projects under EU calls for proposals to support the reduction of inequalities; - promotion of innovative methods for the management of social issues; - promotion of intercultural dialogue; - supporting to Public Administrations and the non-profit world for the development of socio-economic researches on the territory.