A research on social innovation and higher education in the BRICS countries – that involved interview and research with DESIS Labs in BRICS countries – has resulted in the publication of a working paper.

It was developed by the BRICS Policy Center / BRICS Research and Development Center, which is a joint initiative of the City of Rio de Janeiro and the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro (PUC-Rio) and it is dedicated to the study of the BRICS countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) and other emerging powers and encourages cooperative ties and the exchange of information between research institutions in BRICS countries.

The study is focus on  the DESIS Network, and take six DESIS Labs based in BRICS HEIs as case studies. It included investigation in the ways in which these labs were created and how they have conducted or engaged in social innovation initiatives since then. Particular attention was paid to the ways in which a range of stakeholders acting on different levels (i.e. local, national and inter/ transnational) have been involved in those processes, to analyze how these interactions may reveal a broader, multiscalar governance framework underlying those labs’ practices. We conclude that, despite variations between our case studies, in general, the empirical data analyzed in this study indeed evidences that a multiscalar governance mode has played out in these social innovation labs’ processes and practices.

The study can be downloaded for free at the BRICS Policy Center websiteSocial Innovation and Higher Education in the BRICS: a multiscalar governance approach with evidence from DESIS Labs  

This is one more study that placed its focus on the analysis of DESIS Network. Other example can be found here.