RESOLIS - Recherche et Evaluation de Solutions Innovantes et Sociales

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Created in 2010 by Philippe Kourilsky, Professor Emeritus of the Collège de France, RESOLIS is a Paris-based non-profit citizens’ association that supports the economic, environmental and social transition. Its goal is to seek out, evaluate and encourage field initiatives with social and/or environmental aims. The association has developed a methodology and tools for identifying, classifying and diffusing these initiatives, and cooperates with students from well-known schools and universities in the implementation of its programmes. Its members, who are well-known across the world, come from diverse backgrounds: the scientific world, public sector, universities, etc. Some are entrepreneurs, others come from civil society. All actively help steer RESOLIS programmes. Conscious of the need for a transition in the widely globalised agri-food system, RESOLIS has implemented a programme focusing on Responsible and sustainable food systems since 2013. RESOLIS examines local initiatives by actors in the food production and consumption chain to determine which meet the requirements of a food transition, i.e. a re-territorialisation of food systems and elimination of the harmful social, environmental and cultural externalities of the dominant food system. The objective of its work is to identify and analyse local ARD (alimentation responsable et durable, or responsible and sustainable food) initiatives, study local authorities’ actions, examine public policies that may promote responsible and sustainable food, and act in support of an agricultural and food transition.


RESOLIS is committed to bringing more recognition to actors in the field, and to increasing the effectiveness of social actions. Thanks to the support and trust of its partners, and its cooperation with students from major schools and universities, RESOLIS has been able to carry out many actions to identify and capitalise on innovations and best practices to support social progress.

– find peaceful and fair solutions based on new modes of reflection and action: ‘Social Innovations’,

– develop the principles of post-liberal ethics and what those principles imply, particularly with regard to political philosophy and the economy,

– support the economic, environmental and social transition by seeking out, evaluating and encouraging field initiatives with social and/or environmental aims.

Related programmes

Modes of action

  • expertise
  • books, reviews publishing
  • case studies, models and simulations
  • research, analysis

Target audience

  • students
  • teachers, education professions
  • economic players
  • associations

Thematic areas

  • governance
  • economy
  • local territory management
  • research and technological innovation
  • information
  • research and social innovation