Deep Institutional Innovation for Sustainability and Human Development

MaREI funded project ‘DIIS‘ headed by principle investigator, Dr. Clodagh Harris of UCC, and senior research fellow, Dr. Ian Hughes of MaREI, have published an open access journal article 


The present moment of deep transition, as well as being a time of danger, presents an opportunity for positive renewal. This paper develops a model of deep institutional innovation at times of historic change such as the present and outlines a research agenda aimed at initiating a holistic assessment of the main foundational institutions in society and re-imagining them in ways that will allow them to fulfill their basic ethical and effectiveness functions. Such a fundamental critique and re-imaging, the paper argues, is essential if global challenges are to be mitigated and resolved.

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