Institute For Research and Innovation in Society (IFRIS)

IFRIS, since 2007, is a consortium of research units in Ile-de-France (Paris and surrounding areas) working on issues related to    the interactions between science, technology and society, as well as research and innovation policies.

Since 2011, thanks to a 9-year grant awarded by the International Programme for the Future (Programme International d’Avenir) called LabEx SITES (Laboratory of Excellence – Science Innovation and Technology in Society), IFRIS can support doctoral and post-doctoral research grants, exploratory research projects, actions in favour of doctoral and student circulation (summer school, travel grants to students) and training actions that associate several of our teams.

IFRIS brings together around 150 researchers and academics and nearly sixty doctoral students affiliated to nine research groups:

IFRIS is concerned with renewing the research agenda by joining the STS field and work on research policies and innivation around issues such as : the rôle of history  in our understanding , the links to power, the attention to peripheral sciences and non-hegemonic countries, the relations between quantitative and non-quantitative tools. The main lins of research have been devoted to renewing innovation policy studies and policies, the transformation of knowledge production regimes, the global governance of research and system Earth. IFRIS has also developed a free for all digital platform of textual analysis based on new analytical tools (Cortext).

The diversity of the fields which IFRIS studies constitutes one of its essential assets: the worlds of science and technology; the funding and regulation institutions of research; the social and economic regulation of techno-scientific activities and products; agriculture and food security; public health and biomedicine; the management of risks and contamination; the patenting of life and the management of the commons; the international circulation of medicines; climatic change, biodiversity and environmental health; lifestyles made possible by the internet and ICTs. These fields show the diversity of economic, political, global or local actors, represntative of civil society and public entities.

IFRIS promotes also the dialogue between research and non-research actors, by promoting an alliance between science and society.

Units members of IFRIS

  • Centre A. Koyré (CAK)
  • Centre d’Economie de l’Université Paris Nord (CEPN)
  • Centre de recherche médecine, sciences, santé, santé mentale, société (CERMES3)
  • Groupe Innovation (Innovation Group – LIRSA and LISE) and  HT2S, (CNAM)
  • CEPED and Paloc, (IRD)
  • Laboratoire Techniques, Territoires et Sociétés (LATTS)
  • Laboratoire Interdisciplinaire Sciences Innovations Sociétés (LISIS)

A scientific committee composed of international experts in the fields covered by IFRIS validates the Institute’s scientific and strategic choices.

Europe France Paris Île-de-France
Institution type
French Institutions Other non-university research institute or think tank