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Sozialforschungsstelle Dortmund is a centre of applied social research with a thematic focus on labour and (social) innovation.


ARL International Summer School 2017: "Social Innovation in Urban and Regional Development"


13.09.2017 – The Leibniz Institute “ARL – Academy for Spatial Research and Planning” hosted a summer school on “Social Innovation in Urban and Regional Development“ in Vienna. International experts and PhD candidates discussed the emerging topic and current research results.


The future of work: New publication about “Workplace Innovation” released


19.07.2017 – The sfs-scientists Jürgen Howaldt, Ralf Kopp und Jürgen Schultze released their work „Why Industrie 4.0 needs Workplace Innovation – A critical Essay about the German Debate on Advanced Manufacturing” in the book “Workplace Innovation. Theory, Research and Practice”. This book is giving detailed insights into the research of Workplace Innovation and is characterized by a multinational view.


Social innovation initiatives for an inclusive society


18.07.2017 – SI-DRIVE’s empirical results were a central topic of the “Technology for Inclusion and Participation (TIP)” session at the “Human Computer Interaction Conference” in Vancouver on the 13th of July. The session was hosted by TU Dortmund University’s TIP-cluster.


Where the Maker Movement is heading towards


04.07.2017 – Bastian Pelka and Janosch Sbeih from the Social Research Centre Dortmund (TU Dortmund University – sfs) met in Barcelona with FabLab managers, Maker Faire organizers, social innovation researchers, business strategy experts, technology developers and other experts from the MAKE-IT consortium to refine their development of future scenarios for the Maker Movement.


TU Dortmund University co-chairs a session at international innovation research conference Eu-SPRI in Vienna


27.06.2017 – From 7 to 9 June, the Eu-SPRI Conference 2017 took place in Vienna. Researchers from many different world regions participated in this annual event, this time organised under the title “The Future of STI – The Future of STI Policy”.


”Research Landscape of Social Innovation” depicts topics, actors and networks in a young field of study


27.06.2017 – An increasing number of projects, conferences and research initiatives are addressing social innovation, establishing a new and highly dynamic research topic. Public sector innovation, intermediaries, corporate social innovation and others highlight different aspects of SI. This report draws the contours of the research landscape, refers to main actors, important publications and events, and shows the potential of social innovation as a transdisciplinary field of action.


Dmitri Domanski awarded the Josef Hochgerner Fellowship 2017


21.06.2017 – Dmitri Domanski, researcher from TU Dortmund University, convinced the jury with his research proposal on "Developing the Social Innovation Ecosystem of the Vienna Region". Through the annually awarded fellowship, the Centre for Social Innovation in Vienna (ZSI) seeks to facilitate the discourse on social innovation.


SI-DRIVE goes local


20.06.2017 – SI-DRIVE’s Global Mapping results were presented at the BDS’s national conference 2017, addressing practitioners, politicians and academics.


MAKE-IT presents Sustainability Scenarios for the Maker Movement on the “XIX. Convention for Applied Social Sciences: Shaping Social Innovations Locally”


14.06.2017 – The MAKE-IT team Bastian Pelka, Marthe Zirngiebl and Janosch Sbeih from the Social Research Centre Dortmund discussed with fellow social scientists how possible future scenarios of the Maker Movement can be shaped by public institutions, private enterprises and civil society.


I-LINC presentation at the BDS conference in Dortmund


14.06.2017 – As part of a conference of the German professional association of sociologists (“Berufsverband Deutscher Soziologinnen und Soziologen e.v.”) Dr. Bastian Pelka, Mathias Cuypers and Jens Maylandt presented on 10th June 2017 the project I-LINC. The question how a meta platform like I-LINC can foster social innovation on a local level, was focused.