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Social Innovation and Civic Engagement

Objective

Research has made seminal contributions to describing the size and scope of the Third Sector, including volunteering as an essential component. However, most of the research has focused on economic benefits (revenues, employment etc.). We highly value these efforts, but posit that the core contribution and main impact of the sector on socio-economic development lies in the creation of social innovation.

Our claim is that the Third Sector is better equipped to foster social innovation than the market or the public sector. We will build a set of testable hypotheses that relate to its key characteristics, e.g.: (1) strong value sets; (2) persistent multi-stakeholder constellations; (3) the mobilisation of multiple resources.

Against the update of structural data, we aim at testing these hypotheses on the qualitative impacts of the Third Sector in terms of capital building (e. g., social networks, cultural values or political participation) and their direct link to social innovation. We set out to investigate organizations with a special emphasis on volunteering at the micro level, which serves as a bond from and into society. The analysis will include a screening of framework policy conditions and discourses (citizens/media) on the roles and functions of the sector. This strategy will be executed in case studies against major social innovation trends of the last years.

The fields we aim to study across 9 countries are: (1) arts & culture; (2) social services & health; (3) environmental sustainability & consumer protection in finance; (4) work integration & community development; all of which are of vital importance face to current societal challenges.

By doing so we will not only redefine perspectives on the sector to stress its main impact as driver of social innovation, but also relate to recent EU research (SELUSI, TEPSIE, INNOSERV, WILCO or CINEFOGO) to lift the investigation of social innovation to systemic level highlighting comprehensive innovation ecosystems.

Call for proposal

FP7-SSH-2013-2
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Funding Scheme

CP-FP - Small or medium-scale focused research project

Coordinator

RUPRECHT-KARLS-UNIVERSITAET HEIDELBERG
Address
Seminarstrasse 2
69117 Heidelberg
Germany
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 515 456
Administrative Contact
Georg Mildenberger (Dr.)

Participants (10)

STICHTING VU
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 220 670
Address
De Boelelaan 1105
1081 HV Amsterdam
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
René Bekkers (Prof.)
LONDON SCHOOL OF ECONOMICS AND POLITICAL SCIENCE
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 284 575
Address
Houghton Street 1
WC2A 2AE London
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Benjamin Nevius (Mr.)
UNIVERSITA COMMERCIALE LUIGI BOCCONI
Italy
EU contribution
€ 198 480
Address
Via Sarfatti 25
20136 Milano
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Luigi Pellegrino (Mr.)
COPENHAGEN BUSINESS SCHOOL
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 330 241
Address
Solbjerg Plads 3
2000 Frederiksberg
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Lise Damsgaard Jørgensen (Ms.)
ASSOCIATION GROUPE ESSEC
France
EU contribution
€ 157 950
Address
Avenue Bernard Hirsch
95021 Cergy Pontoise Cedex
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Kévin André (Dr.)
Masarykova univerzita
Czechia
EU contribution
€ 211 588,80
Address
Zerotinovo Namesti 9
60177 Brno Stred
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
David Poc (Mr.)
UNIVERSIDADE DA CORUNA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 169 020
Address
Calle De La Maestranza 9
15001 La Coruna
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Marta Rey Garcia (Dr.)
MINISTERIE VAN VOLKSGEZONDHEID, WELZIJN EN SPORT
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 248 970
Address
Parnassusplein 5
2500 EJ Den Haag
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Paul Dekker (Prof.)
STIFTELSEN STOCKHOLM SCHOOL OF ECONOMICS (SSE) INSTITUTE FOR RESEARCH
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 130 887
Address
Po Box 6501
113 83 Stockholm
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Filip Wijkström (Prof.)
UNIVERSIDAD DE OVIEDO
Spain
EU contribution
€ 28 200
Address
Calle San Francisco 3
33003 Oviedo
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
María Paz Suárez Rendueles (Dr.)