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


TU Dortmund University became new member of the Eu-SPRI Forum


06.06.2018 – On the General Assembly of the Eu-SPRI Forum TU Dortmund University was accepted as a new member of the high-level network. The “European Forum for Studies of Policies for Research and Innovation” (Eu-SPRI Forum) aims to strengthen the vibrant but dispersed interdisciplinary community of researchers focusing on interdisciplinary dimensions related to policy and governance in the field of knowledge creation and innovation. The Social Research Centre at the TU Dortmund University will contribute to the ongoing discussion about the next generation of innovation policy by focusing on the increasing role of social innovation in the national and international debate.


Eu-SPRI Early Career Research Conference: sfs-researchers provide insights into new practices for societal challenges


29.05.2018 – What does innovation for and with society mean? How can sustainable innovations be identified and supported? Over 40 PhD candidates from all over Europe used the Eu-SPRI-conference in Valencia to share and discuss their research focussing on these and similar questions. sfs-researcher Katharina Schrot presented insights to the process of “Roadmapping”, a method used to structure participation processes, while Marthe Zirngiebl discussed the first sketches of a typology of social innovation.


Atlas of Social Innovation was presented at the Asia-Pacific-Forum of the United Nations in Bangkok


18.04.2018 – The Fifth Asia-Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development: „Transformation towards sustainable and resilient societies” took place from 28 to 30 March 2018 at the United Nations Conference Centre in Bangkok. Organised by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) with more than 750 participants, including representatives from 51 countries, 29 International organizations and representatives of civil society, Antonius Schröder was invited to present the Atlas of Social Innovation and the main results of the SI-DRIVE project at a fair stand and in the side event “Social Innovations for Social Change: An Alternate Pathway for Creating an Enabling Environment for Sustainable and Resilient Communities”.


Prof. Jürgen Howaldt visits the Social Innovation Observatory in Florianopolis


16.03.2018 – During his stay in Brazil Jürgen Howaldt took the opportunity to visit the State University of Santa Catarina and to exchange ideas about Social Innovation Initiatives in Brazil and Germany. He also has spoken to representatives of the Social innovation Observatory that aims to create an ecosystem for social innovation in the city of Florianopolis.


Prof. Dr. Jürgen Howaldt presents SI-DRIVE results in Brazil

Social Innovation and public policy Brasilia

15.03.2018 – Following the invitation of the Brazilian government Prof. Dr. Jürgen Howaldt presented the results of the global mapping of the SI-DRIVE-project at the International Seminar “Social Innovation and public policy” which took place from 7th to 8th of March in Brasilia. Together with national and international experts from the UNDP (United Nations Development Programme), the IDB (Inter-American Development Bank), the World Bank and the Brazilian government more than 300 participants exchanged ideas about social innovation initiatives and discussed the possible role of social innovation for public policy in Brazil. For more insights into the conference and the presentation of Prof. Jürgen Howaldt a conference video is embedded in this news.


Videos of the CrESSI final conference in Oxford are now online


27.02.2018 – The final event of CrESSI (Creating Economic Space for Social Innovation) at the Said Business School, University of Oxford on 26th of January brought together academics, practitioners and policymakers from a wide range of disciplines to focus on how interventions drawing on social innovation can address major economic, social and power imbalances and inequalities. Videos of the speakers, like of Prof. Jürgen Howaldt, who also presented the project SI-DRIVE and the “Atlas of Social Innovation” are now available.


Transformative Social Innovation: Julia Wittmayer and Bonno Pel present TRANSIT results at the sfs


23.02.2018 – February 2nd 2018, Julia Wittmayer (DRIFT, Rotterdam) and Bonno Pel (Université Libre de Bruyelles) visited the sfs in Dortmund. Their presentation was part of an exchange of theoretical findings between international research projects on social innovation. Wittmayer and Pel presented and discussed the “relational framework” and the 12 derived propositions, as developed in the TRANSIT project.


SI-DRIVE Results were presented at the CrESSI Final Event at the University of Oxford


07.02.2018 – Prof. Jürgen Howaldt took part at the CrESSI Final Event at the Said Business School, University of Oxford on 26th of January. The CrESSI Project (Creating Economic Space for Social Innovation) is a four year project funded by the EU’s Seventh Framework Programme.


Interactive Map with more than 1.000 cases of Social Innovation is now online!


02.02.2018 – Social Innovation is a global phenomenon. The global mapping of the SI-DRIVE project proves that social innovations can be found all around the globe. More than 1.000 mapped initiatives establish new social practices to tackle challenges within the policy fields of Education and Lifelong Learning, Employment, Environment and Climate Change, Transport and Mobility, Energy, Health and Social Care, as well as Poverty Reduction and Sustainable Development. Based on the mapping a new interactive map has been created presenting over 1.000 cases.


MAKE-IT’s Final Book: A Focus on Maker’s Motivations, Intentions, and (societal) Goals


25.01.2018 – A makerspace is a home for digital fabrication technologies, such as 3D printers or laser cutters and ultimately to makers making use of the premise to create tangible objects of any shape and form. Three sfs-researchers have explored the new phenomenon "Maker Movement" more in depth. The Horizon 2020 funded project “MAKE-IT” gave Dr. Bastian Pelka, Marthe Zirngiebl, and Mathias Cuypers the opportunity to study the goals and motivations of these new social innovators.