Sozialforschungsstelle Dortmund is a centre of applied social research with a thematic focus on labour and (social) innovation.
21.07.2016 – While the "Critical Literature Review" focused on theoretical insights from development and innovation studies for a comprehensive concept of social innovation, the succeeding SI-DRIVE report "Social Innovation and its Relationship to social Change - Report 2: Verifying existing social theories in reference to social innovation and its relationship to social change" examines the relationship between social innovation and social change.
20.07.2016 – On Monday June 20th, sfs hosted a research conversation on coding bootcamps and their potential to advance employability outcomes for young people in less developed countries led by Maria Garrido, the current foreign visiting researcher here at the Center. Maria presented the findings of a recently published study funded by the United Nations International Communications Union that maps the emergence of this form of training in middle and low-income countries and identifies the primary coding bootcamp models in operation and how they could contribute to the employment path for youth in these socio-economic settings.
20.07.2016 – An examination of MOOC usage for professional workforce development outcomes in Colombia, the Philippines, and South Africa.
The potential of online learning has long afforded the hope of providing quality education to anyone, anywhere in the world. The recent development of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) heralded an exciting new break through by providing free academic instruction and professional skills development from the world’s leading universities to anyone with the sufficient resources to access the internet. Against this backdrop, Maria Garrido, a visiting foreign researcher at SFS, discussed during this research conversation the findings of her most recent study on MOOC usage by young people in Colombia, the Philippines and South Africa.
20.06.2016 – This congress brings together the diversified landscape of initiatives and communities of social innovation in Germany. The event is pursuing different interlinked goals: It opens the discussion on the potential of social innovations for solving major societal challenges in different fields of action. Additionally, opportunities and priorities of support by the German Ministry of Education and Research will be discussed. Finally, the congress will serve as a platform to connect researchers and practitioners.
20.06.2016 – sfs researchers present case study results and discuss “technology radar”
14.06.2016 – From 7 to 10 June 2016, the Eu-SPRI Conference 2016 took place in Lund, Sweden. Scientists from different world regions participated at the conference under the topic "Exploring new avenues for Innovation and Research Policies".
31.05.2016 – Prof. Dr. Jürgen Howaldt and Dmitri Domanski held a lecture on social innovation.
09.05.2016 – Representatives of different societal sectors showed great interest in the first empirical results of the international research project SI-DRIVE.
12.04.2016 – In 2015, SI-Drive undertook a large-scale global desk research and mapping of social innovation. The work, which is on-going, is focused around the seven policy fields of education and lifelong learning, employment, environment and climate change, transport and mobility, health and social care, poverty reduction and sustainable development. The global mapping of social innovation with 1.005 cases as result was completed in autumn 2015. This will be followed up in 2016 with at least seventy case studies selected from the sample that take the work to greater depth through interviews, field work and observation.
12.04.2016 – By the end of 2015, SI-Drive published seven policy briefs. The policy briefs are based on the seven Policy Field Reports as well as the seven Policy and Foresight Workshops, which were implemented in the course of 2015. They appraise the state of social innovation in the seven policy fields and look at current and future challenges and opportunities.