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Transformative Social Innovation Theory project

Objective

The aim of TRANSIT (Transformative Social Innovation Theory) is to build a theory of social innovation that is useful not only to academics, but also to policy makers, social entrepreneurs, and other stakeholders. The starting point for TRANSIT is the need to understand transformative social innovations: social innovations that contribute to systemic changes that address urgent societal challenges. TRANSIT unpacks the relation between social innovation and systemic change in the context of a rapidly changing world that faces ‘game changing’ developments (e.g. financial crisis, climate change or the ICT-revolution). TRANSIT will explore constituent links in the causal chain between social innovation and systemic change. The main research question is: How and under what conditions do social innovations lead to systemic change, and how are actors (dis)empowered in transformative social innovation processes? TRANSIT will develop a new theory of transformative social innovation, drawing upon a range of existing theoretical and methodological approaches to innovation and social change, and using a systems innovation and sustainability transition research framework as a starting point. Empirically, TRANSIT takes an embedded case-study approach to conduct a multi-leveled, cross-national comparative analysis of social innovation projects and networks across Europe and Latin America, combining in-depth case-study analysis with quantitative meta-analysis. The new theory of transformative social innovation is thus both grounded in in-depth case-studies as well as tested and generalised in a cross-national data-base. The research concept of TRANSIT is to create an iterative interplay between: empirical research on social innovation; the development of a new empirically-grounded theory of transformative social innovation; and transdisciplinary translation to capacity building tools to be co-developed with policy-makers, civil society organisations and social entrepreneurs.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/political science/government systems/civil society
  • /social sciences/other social sciences/social sciences interdisciplinary/sustainable development

Call for proposal

FP7-SSH-2013-1
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Funding Scheme

CP-IP - Large-scale integrating project

Coordinator

DUTCH RESEARCH INSTITUTE FOR TRANSITIONS BV
Address
Burgemeester Oudlaan 50
3062 PA Rotterdam
Netherlands
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 862 860
Administrative Contact
Helmi Hansma (Ms.)

Participants (11)

UNIVERSITEIT MAASTRICHT
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 493 937
Address
Minderbroedersberg 4-6
6200 MD Maastricht
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Anja Van Bogaert (Ms.)
UNIVERSITY OF EAST ANGLIA
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 618 560
Address
Earlham Road
NR4 7TJ Norwich
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Fiona Meardon (Ms.)
THE UNIVERSITY OF SUSSEX
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 347 874
Address
Sussex House Falmer
BN1 9RH Brighton
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Tina Lehmbeck (Ms.)
UNIVERSITE LIBRE DE BRUXELLES
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 504 700
Address
Avenue Franklin Roosevelt 50
1050 Bruxelles
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Christine Courillon (Prof.)
AALBORG UNIVERSITET
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 550 020
Address
Fredrik Bajers Vej 7K
9220 Aalborg
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Nini Winther (Mrs.)
UNIVERSIDAD NACIONAL DE QUILMES
Argentina
EU contribution
€ 228 440
Address
Roque Saenz Pena 352
B1876BXD Bernal
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Liliana Semorile (Dr.)
FUNDACAO COORDENACAO DE PROJETOS PESQUISAS E ESTUDOS TECNOLOGICOS COPPETEC
Brazil
EU contribution
€ 179 270
Address
Centro De Tecnologia Bloco H
21949900 Rio De Janeiro
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Segen Farid Estefen (Prof.)
UNIVERSITAET FUER BODENKULTUR WIEN
Austria
EU contribution
€ 177 600
Address
Gregor Mendel Strasse 33
1180 Wien
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Iris Kunze (Dr.)
UNIVERSIDADE DA CORUNA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 271 200
Address
Calle De La Maestranza 9
15001 La Coruna
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Ricardo Garcia Mira (Prof.)
ESSRG KFT
Hungary
EU contribution
€ 198 920
Address
Ferenciek Tere 2 1 Em
1053 Budapest
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Bálint Balázs (Mr.)
INSTITUTE FOR HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT STUDIES BV
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 505 700
Address
Burgemeester Oudlaan 50
3062 PA Rotterdam
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Trudi Kerkhoven (Mrs.)