CRESSI - Creating Economic Space for Social Innovation
From 2014 until 2018, researchers from Oxford (project coordinator), Budapest, Delft, Greifswald, Heidelberg, Pavia and Tampere will explore the economic underpinnings of social innovation with a particular focus on how policy and practice can enhance the lives of the most marginalized and disempowered citizens in Europe.
From 22.-23.11. 2016, Rafael Ziegler will represent the project at the first Europan Social Innovation Policy Forum in Brussels. The forum is organised by Simpact. Further information about the Forum is available from Simpact here. The CrESSI-Policy Paper "Creating (economic) space for social innovation" ist available here.
GETIDOS members will contribute to these efforts in the following ways:
1. How can we create a fair economic space for social innovation? We contribute to the conceptual framework of the project a perspective of justice focusing especially on the sustainability dimension and drawing on the capabilities approach, the concept of resilience and strong sustainability. The creation of economic space for social innovation needs to be framed taking into account the perspective of the most marginalized in the present and as well as those of future generations, and with a view to the human interaction with non-human animals, plants, ecosystems and nature in general. In this way, we explore the contribution of social innovation for the European Union and its development and regeneration as a peace project in cosmopolitan spirit.
2. What do we know about long-run innovation processes in the EU, and what is the implication of this knowledge to foster economic space for social innovation? We will contribute to qualitative and quantitative case studies with a specific focus on freshwater infrastructure and integrated river basin management.
3. How can researchers together with civil society and other actors contribute to learning in innovation processes that aim for justice and sustainability? Together with the European Rivers Network, we coordinate the Big Jump Challenge 2015 – as the European youth campaign for water conservation in Europe, and in this context develop a social innovation toolkit for youth campaigns.
4. How can film complement the written word for the analysis and communication of social innovation? Continuing the work in earlier projects (Flussversöhnung), we will produce a documentary on social innovation in the EU.
von Jacobi, Nadia; Edmiston, Daniel; Ziegler, Rafael (2017). Tackling marginalisation through social innovation? Examining the EU social innovation policy agenda from a capabilities perspective. In: Journal of Human Development and Capabilities. Post-review pre print here.
Lodemann, Justus (2015): Commitment to social and ecological objectives: Crucial in generating social innovations for the marginalised? In: CRESSI D1.3 "Report Contrasting CRESSI’s Approach of Social Innovation with that of Neoclassical Economics" (online).
Ziegler, Rafael (2015): Social Innovation as a collaborative concept. ISIRC 2016, York. Winner Best Paper Award.
Ziegler, Rafael (2015): Innovation – A Genealogy from the Standard Approach in Economics to an Economic-Sociological Model for Human Development. In: CRESSI D1.3 "Report Contrasting CRESSI’s Approach of Social Innovation with that of Neoclassical Economics" (online).
Nicholls, Alex und Rafael Ziegler (2014): An Extended Social Grid model for the Study of Marginalization Processes and Social Innovation. CRESSI Working Paper Nr. 2 (online).
Lodemann, Justus und Rafael Ziegler (2014). How can resilience theory inform social innovation for the marginalized? CRESSI Working Paper Nr. 6, CRESSI Working Paper Nr. 6 (online).
Lodemann, Justus (2014): How does the analysis of Mann enricht the 'Capabilities approach' to social innovation? CRESSI Working Paper Nr. 8 (online).
Ziegler, Rafael (2014): Innovation and Justice - a discussion of conceptual foundations for creating a fair space for innovations with specific reference to the capabilities approach. HDCA 2014 Human Development in Times of Crisis: renegotiating social justice. Athens, September 2014.
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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement no 613261.