The Centre de recherche sur les innovations sociales (Center for research on social innovations - 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 eight institutions: Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM), Université du Québec en Outaouais (UQO), Université Laval, Université de Sherbrooke, Concordia University, HEC Montréal), Université de Montréal, Université du Québec à Chicoutimi, Univerisité du Québec à Rimouski (UQAR) and Téluq.

CRISES was formed in 1986 by Benoît Lévesque and Paul R. Bélanger. Since 2001, CRISES has been a regroupement stratégique (strategic alliance) funded by the Fonds québécois de recherche sur la société et la culture (FQRSC). The Center has been under the direction of Denis Harrisson from 2003 to 2009 and is, since june 2009, directed by Juan-Luis Klein.

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 four complementary areas: social innovations and transformations in 1) political and social practices, 2) territory and local governments 3) collective enterprises, 4) 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 international 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.

To learn more about CRISES, please consult:


A panorama of recent papers and books of CRISES members:


Bouchard MJ et Rousselière D (2015). The Weight of the Social Economy. An International Perspective, Bruxelles, Berne, Berlin, Frankfurt am Main, New York, Oxford, Wien, Peter Lang, 360 p

Weinroth M et Leduc Browne P (2015). To Build a Shadowy Isle of Bliss. William Morris’s Radicalism and the Embodiment of Dreams, Montréal, McGill-Queen’s University Press, 392 p

Bernier L (2015). Public Enterprises Today; missions, performance and Governance, Bruxelles, Peter Lang, 526 p


Audebrand L
, Michaud V et Camus A (2015). «Capitalizing on the Co-op Business Model to Bolster Paradoxical Thinking in Management Education», Academy of Management Proceedings, vol. 12844

Barin Cruz L, Boehe D et Ogasavara M (2015). «CSR-based Differentiation Strategy of Export Firms From Developing Countries: An Exploratory Study of the Strategy Tripod», Business & Society, vol. 54, no 6, p. 723-762

Barin Cruz L, Delagado N, Leca B et Gond JP (2015). «Institutional Resilience in Extreme Operating Environments: The role of Institutional Work», Business & Society

Bernier L, Hafsi T et Deschamps C (2015). «Environmental Determinants of Public Sector Innovation: A study of innovation awards in Canada», Public Management Review, vol. 17, no 6, p. 834-856

Bouchard MJ, Cruz Filho P et Zerdani T (2015). «Social enterprise in Québec. Understanding their 'institutional footprint», Assocation for Nonprofit and Social Economy-Journal, vol. 6, no 1, p. 42-62

Bouchard MJ et Rousselière D (2015). «Do Hybrid Organizational Forms of the Social Economy have a Greater Chance of Surviving? An Examination of the Case of Montreal», Voluntas - International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations (Published online 23 novembre 2015), p. 1-29

Beaudoin JM, Bouthillier L et Chiasson G (2015). «Growing deep roots: Increasing Aboriginal authority in contemporary forest governance arrangements», Land Use Policy, vol. 49, no 2, p. 287-295

Briand L et Hodgson D (2015). «The Re-Regulation of Control in the Context of Project-based Work», International Journal of Work Innovation, vol. 1, no 3, p. 287-304

Racine M et Hanin F (2015). «Who controls the development of skills in technology districts? The case of the Quebec Region's IT ecosystem», International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management, vol. 19, no 5-6, p. 386-404

Généreux M, Petit G, Maltais D et al. (2015). «The Public Health Response During and After the Lac-Mégantic Train Derailment Tragedy: A Case Study», Disaster Health, vol. 2, no 3-4, p. 113-120

Mayer S et Noiseux Y (2015). «Organizing at Walmart: Lessons from Quebec's Women», Global Labour Journal, vol. 6, no 1

Fecher F et Lévesque B (2015). «Presentation: Some Current Issues And Challenges In The Social Economy», Annals of Public and Cooperative Economics, vol. 86, no 2, p. 179-189

Pozzebon M, Tello-Rozas S et Delgado N (2015). «The Use and Consequences of Participatory GIS in a Mexican Municipality: Applying a Multilevel Framework», RAE – Revista de Administração de Empresas, vol. 55, no 3, p. 290-303

Gonzalez L, Diniz E et Pozzebon M (2015). «The value of proximity finance – how traditional banking system can contribute to microfinance», MIT Innovations, vol. 10, no 1-2, p. 125-137

Tello-Rozas S, Pozzebon M et Mailhot C (2015). «Uncovering micro-practices and pathways of engagement that scale up social-driven collaborations: a practice view of power», Journal of Management Studies, vol. 52, no 8, p. 1064-1096

Rantisi N et Leslie D (2015). «Circus in Action: Exploring the Role of a Translation Zone in the Cirque du Soleil's Creative Practices», Economic Geography, vol. 91, no 2, p. 147-164

Schmitt Figueiró P et Raufflet E (2015). «Sustainability in higher Education: A systematic review with focus on management education», Journal of Cleaner Production, vol. 106, p. 22-33

Saldanha F et Pozzebon M (2015). «Fiat Mio: the Project that Embraced Open Innovation and Creative Commons in the Automotive Industry», International Journal of Case Studies in Management, vol. 13, no 1

Tremblay DG et Ilama II (2015). «Work-Life Integration and Workplace Rights for Domestic Workers in Support to Elderly Persons; a Real Challenge in a Complex Working Environment», Journal of Workplace Rights

Tremblay DG et Dossou-Yovo A (2015). «Territory, Innovation Processes in SMEs, and Intermediary Actors: The Case of the IT Sector in the Greater Montreal Area», International Journal of Technology Management, vol. 69, no 1

Tremblay DG et Mascova E (2015). «Conflict between professional engagement and temporal regimes of lawyers: the challenge of work-life permeability», Revue interventions économiques, vol. 53

Trudelle C, Klein JL, Fontan JM et Tremblay DG (2015). «Urban Conflicts and Socio-territorial Cohesion : Consensus Buliding in the St-Michel Neighbourhood in Montreal», vol. 24, no 2, p. 138-157



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