Multi-disciplinary innovation for social change

Project: Research

Project Details


COST Action

Layman's description

In an increasingly complex and rapidly changing world, traditional disciplinary approaches to the framing and resolution of social and economic problems deliver ever diminishing returns.
Discussions abound, therefore, about how best to educate and prepare graduates for the fresh challenges of the 21st century.
Knowledge Alliances between Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) and enterprises which aim to foster innovation, entrepreneurship, creativity, employability, knowledge exchange and/or multidisciplinary teaching and learning are therefore becoming increasingly necessary and relevant. The challenge is to determine what we should teach in the future and how it should be taught. The changing nature of contemporary society highlights that social issues are often highly complex and multifaceted.
The aim of this Action is to demonstrate, through the adoption of Multi-Disciplinary Innovation (MDI) methods, how we can respond to social problems with a design-led approach which has a problem-oriented ethos, supporting positive social change and the development of international public policy discourse. It will be achieved through the establishment of a Pan-European Public Sector Innovation (ePSI) lab. It will prepare students for roles in employment by integrating education programmes into the lab’s operations and it will support agencies that have a role in responding to and developing public policy.
Effective start/end date1/09/191/04/24

Collaborative partners

  • Hanze University of Applied Sciences (lead)
  • University of Tallinn
  • Kaunas University
  • Regione Basilicata
  • Malta Enterprise
  • Poznan University of Economics and Business
  • UCG
  • Haifa University
  • UNS
  • Northumbria University
  • University of Limerick


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