ARMINES was established in 1967 by a consortium of leading French engineering universities, based upon the concept of research orientated towards industry. Currently, more than 600 employees at ARMINES (teaching scientists, research engineers, doctoral candidates, postgraduates, technicians, administrative personnel) support research, together with their colleagues from the consortium universitys in joint research centers. LATTS is one of these centers. It was founded in 1985 as a joint research group of the French National Center for Scientific Research, the Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées (ENPC) and the University of Marne-la-Vallée. Latts brings together a team of approximately thirty researchers (in city planning, economics, ergonomics, geography, management, history, political science and sociology) mainly originating from these three academic institutions and thirty doctoral candidates. Latts members carry out research into enterprises, public administration, local institutions, collective action, territorial dynamics and the related technical systems. By means of field research, comparative investigations and conceptual thought processes, this work in the social sciences pursues multidisciplinary aims: between disciplines, between theory and empirics and between scientific controversy and public debate.
Philippe Laredo is currently Directeur de Recherche in LATTS at ENPC and Prof. at the Institute of Innovation Research, Manchester Business School, University of Manchester, UK. His research interests are on breakthrough innovation, on the dynamics of research collectives, and on research and innovation policies. He co-ordinates the PRIME European Network of Excellence (2004-2008), dedicated to policies for research and innovation in the move towards the ERA. He is also Vice-Chairman of UNESCO’s Regional Scientific Committee for Europe and North American. Ashveen Perbaye is a research associate at LATTS. His research interests are in the history of biology and in innovation and science policy.
Laredo will provide leadership for WP5’s debates about policy aspects of the problem of the sustainability of the innovation society. In addition, he and Perbaye will participate in discussions about policy and methodological issues that arise in the WP2 case studies. The LATTS team will also be instrumental in helping to recruit people from the policy and policy study worlds to join the Innovation and Sustainability Studies community INSITE seeks to construct.
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