The coordinator of the Social Innovation and Analysis Research Group (Grup de recerca Innovació i Anàlisi Social, GIAS) at the Pere Tarrés Faculty of Social Education and Social Work of Ramon Llull University, is Dr Txus Morata.
The research group was established in 2014 and is recognised by the Government of Catalonia with the code 2017 SGR 1002.
To incentivise research in the fields of community action and social development, public and private management models and the ethics of social work practice and research, with a view to transferring results.
To position the group’s studies on national and international research agendas.
To present research projects in cooperation with other centres, groups and/or institutions in order to obtain funding by local, national, state and international public administrations.
To contribute to the training of researchers and workers in social and educational action and to the completion of research work for university master's degrees and doctorates, as well as guiding professionals through the process of launching academic careers that can also help to improve the group's training and research quality.
To help to bring about changes in social and educational policies that can improve social cohesion and people’s quality of life.
The origins of the GIAS Research Group are closely linked to advances in theoretical and empirical understanding of the social and economic inequalities that are marking the beginning of the 21st century and threaten the inclusion of the more vulnerable sectors of the population. From the first, GIAS has focused on the collective challenge of safeguarding the plurality of our society and strengthening the social fabric, combating the effects of these inequalities.
The group believes that preventing discrimination in all its forms and promoting equal opportunities in access to health, education, employment, social participation and so on is the best way of reducing social fragmentation and enhancing social cohesion and people’s quality of life.