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Social Innovation as Political Transformation

Thoughts for a Better World Edited by Pieter Van den Broeck, Department of Architecture, KU Leuven, Belgium, Abid Mehmood, Sustainable Places Research Institute, School of Social Sciences, Cardiff University, UK, Angeliki Paidakaki, Department of Architecture and Constanza Parra, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, KU Leuven, Belgium
This book is an introduction to the works of a collective of academics on social innovation and socio-political transformation. It offers a critique of the dominance of market-based logics and extractivism in the age of neoliberalism. Calling for systemic change, the authors invite the reader to engage in the analysis and practice of socially innovative initiatives and, by doing so, contribute to the co-construction of a sustainable, solidarity-based and regenerative society.
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This book is an introduction to the works of a collective of academics on social innovation and socio-political transformation. It offers a critique of the dominance of market-based logics and extractivism in the age of neoliberalism. Calling for systemic change, the authors invite the reader to engage in the analysis and practice of socially innovative initiatives and, by doing so, contribute to the co-construction of a sustainable, solidarity-based and regenerative society.

This book will not only be an inspiration for many academics and researchers broadly interested in social innovation, but also for social movements and their protagonists challenging the dominance of the status quo. In addition, it will appeal to policymakers and politicians who want to appreciate contemporary ways of thinking and gain inspiration on how to better meet the needs of the communities they serve.
‘Social Innovation as Political Transformation makes a major contribution by going beyond critique of neoliberalism to offering positive proposals for social innovation. It brings together a group of distinguished scholars who show both the weaknesses of current identifications of progress with capitalist entrepreneurship and describes paths to more just societies.’
– Susan S. Fainstein, Harvard Graduate School of Design, US and author of The Just City

‘This book is an inspiration for all who want to critically engage with social innovation. Unpacking complex processes in a clear way, it not only presents sophisticated theories but it also energises the willingness to act for a better world.’
– Yuri Kazepov, University of Vienna, Austria
Contributors include: L. Albrechts, I. Andre, I. Calvo Mendieta, S. Cameron, L. Cavola, D. Coimbra de Souza, G. Cotella, A. Da Rosa Pires, S. De Blust, P.M. Delladetsimas, M. Edwards, B. Galvan-Lopez, M. Garcia, H. Gulinck, P. Healey, J. Hillier, F. Hillmann, B. Jessop, M. Kaethler, G. Karametou, C. Kesteloot, A.Z. Khan, J.-L. Klein, A. Kuhk, M. Loopmans, D. MacCallum, M. Macharia, A. Martens, F. Martinelli, A. Mehmood, K. Miciukiewicz, E. Midheme, K. Morgan, E. Morlicchio, F. Moulaert, A. Novy, S. Oosterlynck, A. Paidakaki, C. Parra, M. Pradel, J. Pratschke, P. Rego, A. Rehman Cheema, C. Rodrigues, J. Schreurs, R. Segers, L. Servillo, N.-L. Sum, E. Swyngedouw, C. Tornaghi, P. Van den Broeck, B. Van Dyck, H. Verschure, T. Werquin, P. Widyatmi Putri


Contents:

PART I INTRODUCTION
1. Social innovation as an alternative narrative
Pieter Van den Broeck, Abid Mehmood, Angeliki Paidakaki and Constanza Parra

PART II FROM KEYNESIAN ECONOMICS TO SOCIAL INNOVATION
2. Animating Social Change: Political Transformation and/or Social Innovation?
Erik Swyngedouw

PART III MIGRATION AND INTEGRATED AREA DEVELOPMENT
3. The metamorphoses of a research field: Foreign labour migration in Belgium 1945-2016
Albert Martens

4. Combating Poverty and Local Integrated Area Development
Pavlos M. Delladetsimas

5. Migration and urban regeneration
Felicitas Hillmann

PART IV SOCIAL INNOVATION: PUTTING THE MARKET BACK IN ITS PLACE
6. From technological to social innovation: rehabilitating the state and civil society in the development debate
Kevin Morgan and Flavia Martinelli

7. Political economy and regulation theory
Stijn Oosterlynck

8. Social Innovation: A Polanyian reinterpretation
Maarten Loopmans and Chris Kesteloot

PART V THE GLOBALIZED CITY
9. Producer Services and Regional Development in the Aegean with Particular Focus on Lesvos and Chios
Pavlos M. Delladetsimas

10. Naples
Jonathan Pratschke, Lucia Cavola and Enrica Morlicchio

11. Euralille at the Service of an Unaccomplished Lille Metropolitan Area
Thomas Werquin

12. A postcard from London
Michael Edwards

PART VI NEIGHBOURHOODS AND COMMUNITIES
13. Reflecting on the BOM: The transformative potential of neighbourhood initiatives
Patsy Healey and Jean Hillier

14. Social Innovation and Community Development: A personal reflection
Diana MacCallum

15. Évora
Patricia Rego and Isabel Andre

PART VII SOCIAL INCLUSION THROUGH CULTURE AND ARTS
16. Inspiration and emotions: Culture and arts engendering in new urban places
Isabel André

17. Action Research with an Artistic Turn: The “Welcome (W) all–MURO” Project for Youth in Bairro da Cruz Vermelha, Lisbon
Ruth Segers

PART IX SOLIDARITY AS GOVERNANCE
18. Putting Solidarity in its Place in Metagovernance
Bob Jessop and Ngai-Ling Sum

19. Bottom-linked approach to social innovation governance
Marisol Garcia and Marc Pradel

PART VIIII SPATIAL DEVELOPMENT PLANNING
20. From social innovation to spatial development analysis and planning
Seppe De Blust and Pieter Van den Broeck

21. Radical strategic planning meets social innovation
Louis Albrechts

22. Design as socially innovative co-production
Ahmed Z. Khan

23. Moving is knowing. Knowing is moving
Jan Schreurs

PART X SOCIOLOGY OF KNOWLEDGE
24. Transformative social innovation, critical realism and the good life for all
Andreas Novy

25. Transdisciplinary problematization
Konrad Miciukiewicz

26. Curating the Meta-Framework
Michael Kaethler

27. Collective Learning
Annette Kuhk

PART XI THE SOCIALLY ENGAGED UNIVERSITY
28. Social innovation and universities: the challenge of social transformation
Juan-Luis Klein

29. Partnering with a young planning school: nurturing a socially innovative planning approach in the University of Aveiro, Portugal
Artur Da Rosa Pires and Carlos Rodrigues

30. Newcastle: Making the local international
Stuart Cameron

PART XII LEARNING THROUGH CRITICAL THINKING
31. The Erasmus Intensive Programme: Enjoying the Challenges of Teaching and Learning in/from a Multicultural Approach to Planning
Artur Da Rosa Pires, Carlos Rodrigues and Stuart Cameron

32. “EquaTerritoria” : a catalyst offspring from the European Module in Spatial Development Planning (EMSDP)
Chiara Tornaghi, Barbara Van Dyck, Brenda Galvan-Lopez, Daniela Coimbra de Souza, Giancarlo Cotella, Giota Karametou and Pieter Van den Broeck

33. Social innovation and strategic spatial planning pedagogically interacting in Leuven
Loris Servillo

PART XIII BRIDGING SOCIETY AND ECOLOGY
34. Bringing the social back in sustainable socio-ecological development
Constanza Parra, Angeliki Paidakaki, Abid Mehmood and Pieter Van den Broeck

35. ‘Theorie des cités’ and water conflicts
Iratxe Calvo Mendieta

36. Understanding land use rights. Building landed commons
Pieter Van den Broeck

37. Landuse between spaces and times
Hubert Gulinck

PART XIV INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT
38. Learning from community dynamics in Kenya’s ‘Informal’ livelihood and housing strategies
Emmanuel Midheme and Margaret Macharia

39. Push in the Kampung: social innovation in the global south
Prathiwi Widyatmi Putri

40. “Business-in-a-Box” as transformative social innovation
Abdur Rehman Cheema and Abid Mehmood

PART XV WAYS FORWARD
41. When innovation lost its social character. Or not?
Frank Moulaert

42. A frank story about a conversation that (n)ever took place
Han Verschure

Bibliography

Index