Category Archives: Publications

Mapping the World of Social Innovation

In the EU-funded large scale project SI-DRIVE “Social Innovation: Driving Force of Social Change”, 25 project partners have mapped 1.005 cases in seven policy fields on all five continents. Results of the comparative analysis give insights into the highly diverse world of social innovation, the variety of actors and their interaction, and the systemic character […]

Innovative Finance in Africa Review

SI-DRIVE partner, the Bertha Centre – a specialised centre, at UCT Graduate School of Business – recently launched its flagship publication of the year, its Innovative Finance in Africa Review. The review is a showcase of the outstanding models and practices that make up the innovative finance ecosystem across Africa. It builds on the Centre’s […]

Summer School on ‘Entrepreneurship & Innovation’ in…

Zhejiang University hosted the international Summer School Program on “Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Organizations and Societies: Ecosystems, workplace & social innovation, social quality”. The program was co-organized by The Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS), SI-DRIVE partner Zhejiang University (ZJU), Utrecht University (UU) and SI-DRIVE partner the applied scientific research institute (TNO) of the Netherlands. Read […]

EU parliament briefing on Social Innovation

A short brief “Understanding Social Innovation” by the European Parliament’s Research Service is inspired by first results of the SI-DRIVE project: Social innovation has become an important concept in European policy-making, cutting across sectors and disciplines. However, despite the increasingly frequent use of the term there is no consensus as regards its definition. As a […]

Collaborative economy: a (social) innovation paradigm for…

LAMA Agency, in collaboration with Cooperatives Europe, carried out an exploratory study on the challenges and opportunities of applying the collaborative economy to cooperative companies. The study, recently presented at the conference “ISIRC 2016 – Social Innovation in the 21st Century: Beyond welfare capitalism?”, shows the results of an online mapping survey that collected empirical […]

Second Call for Papers of the EPSIR Review

Social Innovation in the Public Sector: Theory and Practice This call for papers aims to address the challenges and new implications of social innovation influencing the creation of public and social policies. Social innovation theory and practice has become an important topic, which has influenced the way in which science and society conceive and think about […]

New SI-DRIVE Report provides the first comprehensive examination…

While the Critical Literature Review focused on theoretical insights from development and innovation studies for a comprehensive concept of social innovation, the succeeding SI-DRIVE report Social Innovation and its Relationship to Social Change: Verifying existing Social Theories in reference to Social Innovation and its Relationship to Social Change examines the relationship between social innovation and social change. The analysis […]

Now available: First Comparative Analysis on the Worldwide…

The Comparative Analysis is based on empirical data of more than 1.000 social innovation cases. It delivers new insights into the diversity of social innovation approaches in different parts of the world used by practitioners, researchers and policy makers. It also provides an overview of various types of social innovations in seven policy areas (education, employment, environment […]

Synthesis across social innovation case studies

The researchers of the TRANSIT project – a EU-cofinanced research project that will develop a theory of transformative social innovation which is about empowerment and change in society – completed the second batch of case studies, which looked at eight transnational social innovation networks. This brings the total number of studied networks to 20, including […]