Engaged research is driven by explicit assumptions about the researcher’s role in enhancing knowledge as well as improving human well being.
We in INSITE believe that the task of the researcher moves from the explicit recognition of the researcher’s responsibilities and their potential for society, starting from the pursuit of some kind of deeper understanding of the social, biological or technological world.
Knowledge and culture play a fundamental role in society, as well as the uses to which technology is put, contributing directly and deeply to human well being, social justice, freedom, and other desired social values.
Recognizing the emancipating role of knowledge as a powerful tool for contributing to social and political life is a driving principle of our work.
Strengthening the relationships between civil society and universities is a fundamental part of our engagement, and a possible way to overcome some powerful constraints to intellectual freedom and pervasive cultural models currently active in science and society.