A global vision

LASO was founded in 1984 as an initiative of researchers of both regions, to establish international research networks on social, economic and cultural processes in Latin America, Europe and the world.

More than ever, within the global context, the regions of the world face shared challenges: unequality and exclusion, climate change, economic risks, human rights, and peace.

LASO stimulates participatory approaches and supports local economic development, social inclusion and diversity. We work on bi-regional strategies, public policies, political impact and research along with local actors, civil society and the private sector.