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Transformative Social Innovation Theory project

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.
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Coordinator

DUTCH RESEARCH INSTITUTE FOR TRANSITIONS BV

Address

Burgemeester Oudlaan 50
3062 Pa Rotterdam

Netherlands

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 862 860

Administrative Contact

Helmi Hansma (Ms.)

Participants (11)

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UNIVERSITEIT MAASTRICHT

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 493 937

UNIVERSITY OF EAST ANGLIA

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 618 560

THE UNIVERSITY OF SUSSEX

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 347 874

UNIVERSITE LIBRE DE BRUXELLES

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 504 700

AALBORG UNIVERSITET

Denmark

EU Contribution

€ 550 020

UNIVERSIDAD NACIONAL DE QUILMES

Argentina

EU Contribution

€ 228 440

FUNDACAO COORDENACAO DE PROJETOS PESQUISAS E ESTUDOS TECNOLOGICOS COPPETEC

Brazil

EU Contribution

€ 179 270

UNIVERSITAET FUER BODENKULTUR WIEN

Austria

EU Contribution

€ 177 600

UNIVERSIDADE DA CORUNA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 271 200

ESSRG KFT

Hungary

EU Contribution

€ 198 920

INSTITUTE FOR HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT STUDIES BV

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 505 700

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 613169

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 January 2014

  • End date

    31 December 2017

Funded under:

FP7-SSH

  • Overall budget:

    € 6 219 344,80

  • EU contribution

    € 4 939 081

Coordinated by:

DUTCH RESEARCH INSTITUTE FOR TRANSITIONS BV

Netherlands