Social Innovation as a Trigger for Transformations - the role of research

This Policy Paper examines the role of Social Innovation in Social Sciences and Humanities(SSH) research, especially in those research projects funded under FP6 and 7, as well as Horizon 2020.
This review of research on Social Innovation (SI) examinesits place in Research and Innovation projects, especially those funded by the EU. It also reflects on the relevance of SI and SI research in collective action, policy making and socio-political transformation in Europe and the world today. In particular, it makes suggestions on how SI research can contribute to strengthening the position of the Social Sciences and Humanities in the contemporary and future European research and policy landscape. It thus seeks to explain how SI as a concept and a practice holds a great socio-political transformative potential, and warns against reducing the meaning of SI to mere social problem mending
as a response to state and market insufficiencies.
The included projects either have their main focus on SI, capacity building and/or networking of SI initiatives, or, alternatively, attributing a more or less important role to SI in projects with their primary focus on social policies, including youth empowerment, health, social entrepreneurship and the non-profit sector, promoting environmental sustainability, food processing and consumption, ocean development
and governance, transportation, and nanotechnology.

Edited by dited by Frank Moulaert, Abid Mehmood, Diana MacCallum, and Bernhard Leubolt
EUROPEAN COMMISSION Directorate-General for Research and Innovation Europe in a changing world – Inclusive, innovative and reflective societies (Horizon 2020/SC6) and Cooperation Work Programme: Socio-Economic Sciences and Humanities (FP7) 2017

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  • Report


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Geographical focus
  • Europe
Scientifc field / Thematic focus
  • Humanities
  • Social Sciences

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