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“KNOWLEDGE AND INNOVATION (K&I) – School of sociology and interdisciplinary research” was founded to contribute to the acquisition of new knowledge on contemporary societies and the transformations taking place within them. It carries out activities in Italy, in Europe and at the international level, using an interdisciplinary approach that includes all levels of social research: epistemological, theoretical and methodological.

Knowledge and Innovation was established by a group of social scientists working professionally in several research organizations, who wanted to capitalise on and give new impulse to their common research program on the evolution and governance of contemporary societies begun in the late 1970s (for further details, see the Mission section).

In 2016, Knowledge and Innovation SRLs was set up, an entity which, by virtue of its legal status, operates independently and autonomously from the association, while being complementary to it. The specific goal pursued by the SRLs is to promote applied research projects, leveraging the scientific expertise and professional skills of its members.