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 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 9: Holle Gruber

The impact of innovative solutions on regional discourses and the perception of rural development This project focuses on the implementation and the spread of the innovative approaches. It  examins in how far the implementation of innovative approaches triggers media responses, how they are portrayed in the reports, and how approaches of problem solving are discursively…

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ESR-project 10: Marina Novikova

The socio-economic impact of innovative solutions on regional development The research project focuses on the impact of social innovation in regional development. The field of social innovation has received scholarly and policy interest during the last two decades. However, so far there is no universal definition of the phenomenon, which leads to social innovation studies…

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