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


SIC Summer School “Urban Social Innovation”

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03.08.2016 – The project “Social Innovation Community” (SIC), in collaboration with the European Social Innovation Week 2016, invites to its first Summer School which will take place in Tilburg on 20-23 September 2016.


New SI-DRIVE Report provides the first comprehensive examination of the relationship between social Innovation and social change


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.


sfs talk by Prof. Maria Garrido from Washington University: Coding Bootcamps - a strategy for youth employment in developing countries


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.


sfs talk by Prof. Maria Garrido from Washington University: Advancing Massive Open Online Courses for Development Initiative (AMDI)


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.


Save the Date: Congress "Innovations for Society – New Pathways and Methods for Social Innovations to Take Effect" / 20th and 21st of September 2016, Berlin


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.


2nd MAKE-IT Meeting in Copenhagen


20.06.2016 – sfs researchers present case study results and discuss “technology radar”


TU Dortmund University at international innovation research conference Eu-SPRI in Sweden


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".


Chilean delegation of university rectors at TU Dortmund University


31.05.2016 – Prof. Dr. Jürgen Howaldt and Dmitri Domanski held a lecture on social innovation.


TU Dortmund University – sfs at social innovations events in Chile


09.05.2016 – Representatives of different societal sectors showed great interest in the first empirical results of the international research project SI-DRIVE.


SI-Drive policy briefs published


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.