SI Drive Newsletter

Issue #9 / March 29th, 2016


Welcome to the SI-Drive Newsletter


Welcome to the ninth eNewsletter of SI-DRIVE, a large-scale research project funded in the European Union’s 7th Framework Programme (FP 7). In our ninth edition we focus amongst others on the global mapping of social innovation projects and initiatives, which was completed in autumn 2015.






In 2015, SI-DRIVE undertook a large-scale global desk research and mapping of social innovation (SI). The work, which is on-going, is focused around the seven policy fields of education and lifelong learning, employment, environment and climate change, transport and mobility, health and social care, poverty reduction and sustainable development. The global mapping of SI with 1.005 cases as result was completed in autumn 2015. This will be followed up in 2016 with at least seventy case studies selected from the sample that take the work to greater depth through interviews, field work and observation. [Read more]



SI-DRIVE policy briefs published

Documents for Download


By the end of 2015, SI-DRIVE published seven policy briefs. The policy briefs are based on the seven Policy Field Reports as well as the seven Policy and Foresight Workshops, which were implemented in the course of the last year. They appraise the state of social innovation in the seven policy fields investigated by SI-DRIVE: 

  • Education and Lifelong Learning
  • Social Innovation of Employment
  • Energy Supply
  • Environment
  • Health and Social Care
  • Mobility and Transport
  • Poverty Reduction & Sustainable Development
Moreover they look at current and future challenges and opportunities. Please find the links for download here.

Scientific reports on social innovation available



SI-DRIVE research paper honoured!

hailed as best in category at major UN-supported conference
on governance and sustainable development


A paper prepared by Brunel University (Millard et al. 2016) presenting a preliminary analysis of data and desk research from the SI-DRIVE 2015 mapping, was cited as best in the category of on-going research from amongst over 300 competitors. The paper focuses on how and with what consequences social innovations are addressing issues of poverty reduction and sustainable development around the world, with special focus on governance and policy perspectives. This recognition enables an updated version of the paper based on more in-depth analysis to be included in the prestigious Government Information Quarterly Journal during 2017. [Read more]




New publications on social innovation…

…dealing with the relationship of SI and Social Change and
Health & Care


The anthology 'La transformation sociale par l’innovation sociale' (en: 'Social transformation through social innovation') edited by Juan-Luis Klein, director of the Center for Research on Social Innovations (CRISES) and his colleagues, is now available. The book provides an overview of different scientific perspectives on the relationship between social innovation and social change. [Read more]

The report Social Innovation in Health and Social Care (authors: Anna Davies and Victoria Boelman (The Young Foundation), editor: Peter Ramsden) brings together the findings of recent European Union funded research and practice in this area in order to:

  • Highlight the kinds of social innovation currently being pursued in health and social care systems
  • Assess the challenges associating with innovating within health and social care
  • Outline the role for government and policymakers in supporting attempts to drive through innovation in these sectors.



Events focusing on Social Innovation... Europe and Overseas


First findings of the global mapping of SI-DRIVE were presented at the SIERC Conference, on 11th February 2016 at Massey University Auckland in New Zealand. The New Zealand Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship Centre (SIERC), represented by its director and the SI-DRIVE advisory board member Anne de Bruin, organised an event on 'Collaborating for Impact', showing the importance of collaborative action and discussing the tension of 'profit and non-profit' for social innovations. In this context Antonius Schröder (TU Dortmund University) presented first results of SI-DRIVE based on more than 1.000 social innovation cases from all over the world. [Read more]

Content from SI-DRIVE for the Iranian audience was presented at the ‘Iranian National Excellence Award (INEA) Forum’ on 23rd February 2016. In his presentation, key note speaker Prof. Thomas Andersson (IKED) surveyed the Iranian innovation system and the roles of different stakeholders within it. Based on SI-DRIVE methodology, he highlighted the role of social innovation in creating resilience and agility. [Read more]


Event review



Call for 'The International Summer School 2016'

‘Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Organisations and Societies: Ecosystems,
workplace & social innovation, social quality’

The aim of the summer school is to provide multidisciplinary perspectives on Entrepreneurship and Innovation on the one hand, and to bridge visions from Asia and Europe on the other. The summer school brings together leading researchers from China and the Netherlands involved in the study of innovation and entrepreneurship in organisations and societies. [Read more]

Deadline for applications: 31st May 2016


From 18th to 23rd July, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China



ISIRC 2016: Social Innovation in the 21st Century:
Beyond Welfare Capitalism?

In Glasgow, from 5th to 7th September 2016


ISIRC is the world’s leading interdisciplinary social innovation research conference. The conference brings together scholars from across the globe to discuss social innovation from a variety of perspectives. ISIRC 2016 will be held in Glasgow from 5th to 7th September 2016.

The interested SI-research community is invited to submit abstracts and proposals for panel sessions. A full list of conference themes and further information concerning the conference can be found on the website




The Integrim-Scribani 2016 Conference

In Bilbao, from 6th to 8th July 2016


International Migration, Integration and Social Justice in Europe and the exchange of perspectives of the academia and the civil society will be in the central focus of the conference.

The event is organised by the Pedro Arrupe Human Rights Institute at the University of Deusto in the framework of the INTEGRIM (Integration and International Migration: Pathways and Integration Policies) research training program in conjunction with the Scribani Network‘s bi-annual conference. To register, please click here.
For more information about the programme please visit the conference website.




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