About

ISIRC is the world’s leading  interdisciplinary social innovation research conference. The conference brings together scholars from across the globe to discuss social innovation in a variety of perspectives. ISIRC 2018 is hosted by the Ruprecht-Karls-University Heidelberg, Center for Social Investment and Innovation in cooperation with the Westphalian University Gelsenkirchen, Institute for Work and Technology. The conference will take place at the heart of the old town of Heidelberg, a wonderful combination of old and new buildings, narrow streets, market squares, arts, history and science.

Registration

We are delighted to announce that the registration for ISIRC 2018 conference is now open!

You can book your place at the early bird rate until 30 June. 




Conference Theme

Social innovation has clearly gained momentum over the past decade, spurred notably by the growing interest in theory, practice and policy. Manifested in new ways of doing things, distinct social relations, changes in perceptions or novel solutions, social innovations are often presented as an alternative to business (profit-oriented) innovation to cope with societal challenges at hand. While major progress has been made in understanding social innovation trajectories, drivers and barriers, business models and institutions, significant work is still required to position the distinct (disciplinary) analytical, conceptual and theoretical contributions in the ‘classical’ innovation research. On the other hand, social innovation has largely been overlooked by the majority of innovation literature, with the mainstream of research traditionally focusing on technological innovation, or more generally, business innovation.

The tenth annual International Social Innovation Research Conference (ISIRC 2018) strives to bridge the as yet largely unrelated research fields of social and business innovation and invites theoretical, methodological and empirical contributions drawing on different disciplines.
It will offer 16 streams ranging from Critical Perspectives on Social Innovation to Social Innovation in rural and/or deprived Regions.

Keynote Speaker

Yvonne von Friedrichs

Yvonne von Friedrichs

Dr Yvonne von Friedrichs is professor in Business Administration and Entrepreneurship at Mid Sweden University, she also holds a position as associate professor in Tourism studies at the same University and as associate professor in Marketing at Umeå University

Read more
Attila Havas

Attila Havas

Attila Havas is a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Economics, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, regional editor of International Journal of Foresight and Innovation Policy, and member of the editorial board of Foresight and STI Governance.

Read more
Rene Kemp

Rene Kemp

René Kemp is professor of innovation and sustainable development at the ICIS research institute of Maastricht University and professorial fellow at UNU-MERIT, a research institute of United Nations University and Maastricht University.  ...

Read more
Alex Nicholls

Alex Nicholls

Alex Nicholls is a Professor of Social Entrepreneurship within the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship at Saïd Business School, University of Oxford. His research interests range across several key areas within social entrepreneurship and social innovation, ...

Read more
Christiana Weber

Christiana Weber

Professor Christiana Weber holds the chair for Management and Organisation at the Leibniz University Hanover, in Germany. She researches and consults at the intersection of (social) entrepreneurship/sustainability, innovation management, organisation theory and social network theory.

Read more

Contact Us

Georg Mildenberger
Judith Terstriep

E-Mail
info@isircconference2018.com

Phone
+49 6221 54 119-59