IPSO’s mission is to bring sustainability to areas affected by socio-economic disparities, particularly but not only at community level and in rural-underdeveloped areas of the world. For this reason, we put our focus into a wide range of interconnected topics, from water and sanitation, to human rights and education.
My own past experience learning and working in North America, Asia, and Africa on these issues has taught valuable lessons. The primary goal of a committed think-tank is to use past experiences in developing new research ideas, and spread them through training/education programs, workshops, conferences and other activities that can directly lead to unbiased understanding of the topics being analyzed. This is our approach here at IPSO’s Research Centre. In particular, our researchers are committed to develop state of the art tools and methods that are specific to local cultures and environments, thus having a high sustainability feature. In order to achieve this, we pursue an in-depth knowledge of the issues from virtually all perspectives: social, economic, and political.
Our researchers are genuinely interested in collaborating and sharing with professionals from other fields and disciplines, learning from their mutual experiences.
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We are a team of 13 between resident and visiting researchers, each maintaining his/her own affiliation to our original institutions, and putting our time, methods and outputs at use to further spread IPSO’s important message. Our team is characterised by highly diversified features of gender, age, social background and ethnic belonging. We intend to represent as many perspectives as possible, so as to come up with multi-angled, unbiased research results that deeply draw from our inter-disciplinary academic formation.
We keep the number of resident researchers to the operational minimum, so as to abate the costs during periods of inactivity and also to allow our researchers to fulfill their duties
at their original institutions. The idea is to have fresh minds to carry out efficiently and effectively research activities that lead to the design phase of a project. For this reason, visiting researchers could be easily thought of as project consultants, with the important difference that they belong to the academia and they take this into advantage by using academic resources and by engaging their own academic audiences.
All academicians are welcome to become part of the team, as long as they show a passion for what they do, and a drive to translate that into practical changes that have an impact on the people we do research on. We strongly advocate for a personal engagement of our researchers to work as a team with IPSO’s operatives. Research activities that are purely theoretical and meant to remain solely within academic circles are not backed up by this Research Centre in any way.
The Research Centre of IPSO is a registered think-tank with full capabilities, operating in close contact with similar institutions worldwide, and actively present on the international academic stage.
Besides obviously carrying out research projects, we put particular effort in the following activities:
- lectures at institutions for higher education;
- organisation of and participation at international conferences;
- academic publications;
- internship programmes;
- policy briefs;
- track II diplomacy;
- collaboration with other academic institutions.
Although most of academic activites gravitate around traditional centres of education, generally in Europe, North America, Australia, Japan and some other Asian locations, we are at the same time eager to achieve greater levels of engagement with academic circles in the so-called peripheries, which is also where our Operative Division mostly works.