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A Research Agenda for Social Innovation

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A Research Agenda for Social Innovation

9781789909340 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by Jürgen Howaldt, and Christoph Kaletka and Antonius Schröder, TU Dortmund University, Germany
Publication Date: November 2021 ISBN: 978 1 78990 934 0 Extent: c 288 pp
This insightful Research Agenda offers unique perspectives into the different strands of social innovation research, covering the history and theory of this ever-growing research field. Chapters show the range and depth of the social advances that characterize this vibrant and contested subject, and analyse the strong increase in political and public interest in social innovation.

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Elgar Research Agendas outline the future of research in a given area. Leading scholars are given the space to explore their subject in provocative ways, and map out the potential directions of travel. They are relevant but also visionary.

This insightful Research Agenda offers unique perspectives into the different strands of social innovation research, covering the history and theory of this ever-growing research field. Chapters show the range and depth of the social advances that characterize this vibrant and contested subject, and analyse the strong increase in political and public interest in social innovation.
 
Exploring the potential influence of social innovation on important social factors, the Research Agenda looks at education, poverty reduction, environmental policies, and health and social care. Contributors examine the approaches and successful initiatives that illustrate the strengths of social innovations in manifold areas and in establishing sustainable patterns of consumption, while coping with demographic change. Possible future research pathways are outlined and new topics such as social innovation ecosystems, epistemic diversities and sustainable development are examined in detail. 
 
This discerning and innovative Research Agenda will be an ideal read for social innovation researchers, policy-makers and innovation-policy stakeholders. It will be a welcome addition to the literature for innovation practitioners and entrepreneurs looking for theoretical insights into this influential subject.
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‘A rich 15-chapter collection from key thinkers in the field ensures this volume will be a beacon for navigating understanding on the diversity of social innovation and creating new impulses for future research. Perceptive organization of the collection brings deep insights on the historical and theoretical foundations, ecosystem and actor constellations, and framework conditions and infrastructures, to critically assess and advance new practices in a post-Pandemic world. A must-read for academics and practitioners alike.’
 – Anne de Bruin, Massey University, New Zealand

‘We will not change the world for the better by waiting for the state or the market to change the world for us. We need to change our social practice. The multiplication and scaling up of hundreds of social innovations, in all walks of life, everywhere in the world, will be the critical main element to tackle our grand challenges. This being so, this book does exactly what is needed now. It takes stock of Social Innovation as an academic field and as an empirical phenomenon; and it outlines the research agenda of the future. This edition is refreshingly diverse and reflective on the challenges for academics and practitioners. World leading experts from all corners of the globe and – importantly – from a diverse range of disciplines reflect on how to better understand and enable social innovation. This is also a huge credit to the editors and confirms their front-running role in this rather new field of research. This book will be essential for research and teaching in innovation and transition studies and social science more generally and it will help to frame the field for years to come.’
– Jakob Edler, Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research ISI and Manchester Institute of Innovation Research, UK


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Contributors include: E. Alexiuk, Erin, G.D. Alperstedt, N. Antadze, C. Andion, S. Banerjee, A. Deserti, S. Dhondt, S. Geobey, B. Godin, J. Howaldt, L. Hulgård, C. Kaletka, T. Komatsu Cipriani, G. Krlev, K. McGowan, G. Mildenberger, J. Millard, M.-L. Moore, G. Mulgan, P. Oeij, F. Pot, F. Rizzo, M.J. Roy, N. Šalamon, A. Schröder, C. Schubert, K. Schuch, M. Schwarz, A. Shaban, S. Strambach, S. Teasdale, J. Terstriep, J.-F. Thurmann, O. Tjornbo, E. Wascher, F. Westley, L. Wloka, R. Ziegler

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