ESR-project 8: Jamie-Scott Baxter

The spatial spread of social innovations. How and under which conditions do innovative social practices “travel”? My PhD thesis considers spatial transformation as a product of social innovation through 3 case studies. Rural regions in Europe frame the cases and include: Essex (United Kingdom); Uckermark (Germany); Mühlviertel (Austria); and Alentejo (Portugal). The thesis asks, how…

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ESR-project 7: Anna Umantseva

Participation of Rural Communities in Social Enterprise: Involvement and Empowerment of Local Stakeholders Usually, populations in rural regions are supposed to be hostile to innovations. They are seen as traditionally minded groups which are inclined to preserve existing assets. Following this observation,  social innovations which by definition create novelty would be a challenge. Hence, social…

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ESR-project 6: Lucas Olmedo

Tackling social and economic exclusion in a sustainable manner In response to the rise of inequalities, both between social groups and territories within Europe since the crisis of 2008, social enterprises (SEs) have been highlighted as a promising solution to drive a more inclusive development. This project focuses on the potential of a subtype of…

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ESR-project 5: Sunna Kovanen

Social entrepreneurship as a collaborative process This research aims at expanding on an underexplored theme in the field of rural social entrepreneurship. There has been a strong focus on individual changemakers as drivers of social innovation, lacking empiric support and critical reflection. Therefore, there is a need to understand and analyse the “social” of the…

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