About us

The ESADE Institute for Social Innovation (IIS) strives to undertake quality academic research to make a valuable scholarly contribution and transfer the knowledge it generates, ensuring it has a positive impact on social transformation.

Ignasi Martí and Sonia Navarro


“Our objective is to further research and the potential for transformation as well as obtain more resources for ESADE to be recognised internationally as a reference in this field and, thus, multiply our positive impact on society.”

 

Ignasi Martí, Professor in the ESADE Department of Strategy and General Management and current Director of the ESADE Institute for Social Innovation (IIS), along with Sonia Navarro, Associate Director of the IIS, work to strengthen the institute’s academic and social potential, foment transformation and achieve a fairer and more sustainable world.

History

The Institute for Social Innovation (IIS) was created in 2006 to undertake quality research to make a valuable scholarly contribution and transfer the knowledge it generates, ensuring it has a positive impact on social transformation.

In its early years, the IIS’ identity was expressed through its mission, vision and other key traits, establishing the general lines of action which have grown over the years to encompass a wide variety of research, knowledge transfer activities and educational projects as well as organisational development initiatives.

Years later, the IIS faced new challenges for its ongoing development and its desire to further the academic and social impact of its programmes and projects.

The IIS thus focused on exploring new avenues to launch novel academic programmes and lines of action, learning about what other social innovation institutes around the world are doing and exploring possibilities to internationalise its own research and educational programmes.

In September 2018, Ignasi Martí, Professor in the ESADE Department of Social Sciences, was named Director of the IIS, replacing Ignasi Carreras, a Professor in the ESADE Department of Strategy and General Management, and Founder and Director of the IIS since 2006.