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Plataforma Fortalecimiento de la Participación

Strengthening participation platform

The Strengthening Participation Platform is an interdisciplinary vehicle that teams up experts from our campuses in San Sebastian and Bilbao, Deusto Business Schools, and the Basque Institute of Competitiveness ORKESTRA, to facilitate and foster collaboration and interdisciplinary research, and integrate UDEUSTO’s existing expertise to address society´s emerging challenges and expectations.

The Strengthening Participation Platform works on issues of Co’-Creation, Citizen’s involvement in policy making and socio-economic development, to allow all societal actors (researchers, citizens, policy makers, business, third sector organisations etc.) to work together during the whole research and innovation process. Action-research and close collaboration and commitment of different stakeholders allows a better alignment of the process and its outcomes with the values, needs and social expectations as defined by stakeholders in the process.

Therefore, UDEUSTO Strengthening Participation is very well placed to tackle the European Commission’s societal priorities as expressed in the Horizon 2020, both in Challege 6 and in ´Science with and for Society’ work programmes.

Besides, the research platform themes are strongly aligned with the University’s core mission and compromise with society, to further knowledge and work towards a more just and better society.

Strengths and topics

Participation and co-creation:

  • Co-creative spaces through action-research: interaction and collaboration of social agents
  • New constellation of Social Actors
  • Corporate Social Responsibility and Social Capital
  • Region, city and community participation and development (Regional Cluster Policies and local networks) 

Measuring and methodologies

  • Analysis of impact of public policies
  • New methodologies and evaluation of citizen participation in decision making and public policy participation
  • Evaluation of institutional policies
  • Attitudes measurements
  • Social Media Analyses

 User driven innovation

  • Co-creative spaces: entrepreneurship and start ups

 Data transparency

  • Open and big data