Laboratory of Citizenship Sciences (LSC), Italy
LSC is an Italian non for profit social research and training institution based in Rome. Founded in 1993, LSC has worked in different fields such as quality of health care services (participatory application of standards in the health services; quality participatory monitoring, essentials levels of assistance, sociology of health), energy and environment, governance and civil society, training of human resources, migration, fight against social exclusion, science and technology and urban development. LSC has also a significant and specific experience on the issue of measurement of social (complex) phenomena.
LSC research activities, based on a sociological approach, revolve around the radical changes affecting the models of governance in contemporary societies, and the growing relevance of social agency/energy.
LSC believes that science and technology both play a fundamental role in determining the social, economic and political fates of societies. The awareness of the link between society, science and technology on the part of public opinion, decision-makers and scientists themselves is still low and does not produce suitable orientations and policies. This is a serious risk, in a global context in which knowledge is a strategic factor of economic and social growth, and there is the need for an effective governance of research. LSC promotes the significant role of sociology within what is being increasingly perceived as a single scientific field that includes all the investigation areas, from natural to social sciences.
Moreover LSC activities revolve around the perception of how radical the changes affecting the models of governance are in post-modern society, and the need for new partnership-based approaches to decision making.
LSC projects in 7FP: SET-DEV “Science, Ethics and Technological Responsibility in Developing and Emerging Countries” (SiS); PACT “Pathways to Carbon Transitions” (SSH); BESSE “Brokering Environmentally Sustainable Sanitation in Europe” (ENV); BESST “Breakthrough in European Ship and Shipbuilding Technologies” (Transport); FUTURAGE “A Definitive Road-Map for Ageing Research in Europe” (Health); CONSENT “Consumer sentiment regarding privacy on user generated content services in the digital economy” (SSH); SMART “Scalable Measures for Automated Recognition Technologies” (SEC); RESPECT “Rules, Expectations & Security through Privacy Enhanced Convenient Technologies” (SEC); MILESECURE 2050 “Multidimensional Impact of the Low-carbon European Strategy on Energy Security, and Socio-Economic Dimension up to 2050 perspective” (SEC); MAPPING “Managing Alternatives for Privacy, Property and Internet Governance” (SiS).
Federico Luigi Marta