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TU Dortmund University – sfs at Eu-SPRI Conference in Helsinki

A large international community from the field of innovation research came together for three days in the capital of Finland on the initiative of the Eu-SPRI Forum.

euspri_logo From 10 to 12 June researchers from all over the world met in Helsinki to discuss in multiple panels possibilities and limits of innovation policy with regard to wide-ranging economic and societal transformation processes. The event was themed under the slogan “Developing strategies for knowledge, practice and institutions”.

The team of TU Dortmund University – sfs participated with a contribution to the panel “Social Innovation Futures: Beyond Policy Panacea and Conceptual Ambiguity”. The paper by Jürgen Howaldt, Dmitri Domanski and Michael Schwarz with the title “On the Theory of Social Innovations: Tarde´s Disregarded Contribution to the Development of a Sociological Innovation Theory” aims to outline how Gabriel Tarde’s social theory can be of benefit in developing a theoretically grounded concept of social innovations, and how it can be reinterpreted in terms of social practice theory.

The “European Forum for Studies of Policies for Research and Innovation” (Eu-SPRI Forum, http://www.euspri-forum.eu) was founded in 2010 in Paris and has 15 member institutions. One of its main objectives is to strengthen the network of researchers in the field of innovation studies.

For more information see http://euspri-helsinki2015.org.