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This document presents the first step in classifying the publications of CRISES and ARUC-ÉS according to the KATARSIS framework such as to facilitate their consultation by KATARSIS members. We have classified the texts of these two organisations on the basis of the five existential fields and three integration perspectives of the KATARSIS project. The existential fields are: Labour Market and Social Economy, Education and Training, Housing and Neighbourhood, Health and Environment, and Governance and Democracy. The integration perspectives are oriented around the three themes: Bottom-up Creativity, Governance, and Social Innovation.

The collectives' publications first had to be filtered for the themes used by KATARSIS. The publications were screened for the extent to which the interrelation between their theoretical and empirical content exposed socially innovative strategies against exclusion and allowed for a subsequent analysis. Their relevance was then evaluated on the basis of their analytical, methodological, and descriptive dimension, as well as the innovativeness of the experiences presented. In that context, strictly empirical monographs or strictly reflective essays were disregarded. By contrast, other texts were classified into several categories due to the diverse nature of the cases studied.

Presentation of the project and the research collectives : The KATARSIS project: Growing Inequality and Social Innovation

The KATARSIS project is based on a platform where research teams specialised in studying the consequences of growing inequality and social exclusion exchange their knowledge and work towards a better integration of their research programmes and methodologies. The emphasis lies on socially innovative strategies for fighting social exclusion at an individual as well as collective level. The strategies developed by the various social actors present marked differences in the ways in which they mobilise and deploy the knowledge and resources of mainstream society. This, in turn, has triggered a revision of the ways in which public policies are constructed and implemented. Subsidised by the European Commission since 2006, the project is coordinated by Frank Moulaert, professor and researcher at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne as well as at IFRESI-CNRS (Lille). Moulaert brings together researchers from 18 institutions, among them the CRISES team, coordinated by Juan-Luis Klein and composed of Jean-Marc Fontan, Denis Harrisson, and Benoît Lévesque. The latter is the only team not based in Europe.

The project aims to meet the following objectives:

  • Provide a State-of-the-Art review of the knowledge on the five existential fields (Labour Market and Social Economy, Education and Training, Housing and Community, Health and Environment, and Governance and Democracy).
  • Integrate that knowledge around the three integration perspectives with the goal of sharing scientific and methodological knowledge about socially innovative initiatives. These three themes are: Bottom-upCreativity, Governance, and Social Innovation.
  • Develop methodological research about the structure of socially innovative initiatives. Such a methodology will eventually include the theoretical integration, the research methods, as well as the modes of integrating and coordinating the research programmes of those fields.
  • The multidimensional dissemination among a vast range of users, including practitioners and creators of public policies in the fields of social inclusion, capacity strengthening, and the promotion of public involvement (various publications are foreseen to promote this strategy).


The Centre de recherche sur les innovations sociales (CRISES) is an interuniversity and multidisciplinary organisation that studies and analyses “innovations and social transformations”. Financed since 2002 by the Fonds québécois pour la recherche sur la société et la culture (FQRSC), CRISES brings together some sixty researchers affiliated mainly to seven institutions, namely Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM), Université du Québec à Outaouais (UQO), Université du Québec à Rimouski (UQAR), Université Laval, Concordia University, École des hautes études commerciales de Montréal (HEC Montréal), and the Institut national de la recherche scientifique Urbanisation, Culture et Société (INRS-U.C.S.). With a wide range of disciplinary backgrounds, the CRISES members study and analyse innovations and social transformations in the context of three complementary axes: Development and Territory, Living and Working Conditions, and Work. CRISES also publishes a series of working papers called "Cahiers du CRISES" presenting the most recent work of its members.

ARUC, Social economy

Founded in 1999 and financed by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), the Alliance de recherche universités-communautés en économie sociale (ARUC-ÉS) has the mission of responding to the research and development needs of the social economy. Its members come from the academic milieu as well as various fields of intervention. The activities of ARUC-ÉS create synergies between the actors involved in developing the social economy and the communities in which they are embedded. It thus engages researchers and partners of the milieu in all the stages of its programme. That latter includes research, training, dissemination, and knowledge transfer to various public audiences, academia, sectors of the social economy, and government bodies responsible for making public policies. The research of ARUC-ÉS is done by five working groups, called the “Chantiers des activités partenariales (CAP)”. The latter focus on five sectors of intervention, namely: Local and Regional Development, Responsible Financing, Community Housing, Recreation and Social Tourism, and Community Services. The works of CAP are published in the Cahiers de l'ARUC-ÉS.


Classification des cahiers du CRISES et de l'ARUC-ÉS
selon les thèmes d’analyse et les domaines d’intégration de KATARSIS  

Classification of working papers of CRISES and ARUC-ÉS
according to the existential fields and integration perspectives of KATARSIS

Thèmes d’analyse (Existential fields)

Domaines d'intégration
(Integration perspective)

A. Initiatives des
acteurs de la
 société civile
(WP2 Bottom-up

B. Gouvernance
(WP3 Governance)


C. Innovation sociale
(WP4 Social


1. Marché du travail,
stratégies d'emploi
et économie sociale

(WP1.1 Labour Market
and Social Economy)




2. Éducation et
(WP1.2 Education and




3. Logement et
(WP1.3 Housing and




4. Santé et
(WP1.4 Health and




5. Gouvernance et
(WP1.5 Governance
and Democracy)




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