The LISIS is organized into three thematic clusters which operate as groups of researchers exploring common themes through joint research projects:
- Thematic Cluster A – Technologies, Knowledge and the Transformation of Worlds, supervised by François Dedieu and Jean-Marc Weller, studies the effects associated with the embedding of technologies, and specifically measurement, quantification, calculation, or evaluation technologies – which are seen as knowledge technologies – in a plurality of social worlds, considered here in the broad sense of the term (professional worlds, market worlds, public policy worlds).
- The Thematic Cluster B – Innovation and Transitions, supervised by Mireille Matt and Antoine Schoen, looks at sociotechnical transitions and the diversified and expanded forms of innovation in our societies.
- Thematic Cluster C – Computational Social Sciences, supervised by Bilel Benbouzid and Marianne Noel, is devoted to the development of digital studies, articulating the design of methods and instruments for digital and computational sociology research to the production of scientific and technological knowledge on transformations of different social and professional worlds related to digitalization.
Through their research projects, Thematic Clusters advance the laboratory’s six common goals:
- Studying transformations in forms of expertise and knowledge production regimes
- Analysing the political dimensions of digital transformations
- Understanding change in innovation practices and policies
- Advancing research on agricultural innovations and transitions
- Developing digital and computational investigation methods
- Developing a research infrastructure for science, technology, and innovation (STI) studies.