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Social Innovation and Civic Engagement

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 613177

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 March 2014

  • End date

    28 February 2017

Funded under:

FP7-SSH

  • Overall budget:

    € 3 128 799,40

  • EU contribution

    € 2 496 037,80

Coordinated by:

RUPRECHT-KARLS-UNIVERSITAET HEIDELBERG

Germany

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.

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

LONDON SCHOOL OF ECONOMICS AND POLITICAL SCIENCE

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 284 575

UNIVERSITA COMMERCIALE LUIGI BOCCONI

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 198 480

COPENHAGEN BUSINESS SCHOOL

Denmark

EU Contribution

€ 330 241

ASSOCIATION GROUPE ESSEC

France

EU Contribution

€ 157 950

Masarykova univerzita

Czechia

EU Contribution

€ 211 588,80

UNIVERSIDADE DA CORUNA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 169 020

MINISTERIE VAN VOLKSGEZONDHEID, WELZIJN EN SPORT

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 248 970

STIFTELSEN STOCKHOLM SCHOOL OF ECONOMICS (SSE) INSTITUTE FOR RESEARCH

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 130 887

UNIVERSIDAD DE OVIEDO

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 28 200

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 613177

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 March 2014

  • End date

    28 February 2017

Funded under:

FP7-SSH

  • Overall budget:

    € 3 128 799,40

  • EU contribution

    € 2 496 037,80

Coordinated by:

RUPRECHT-KARLS-UNIVERSITAET HEIDELBERG

Germany