Contemporary societies are facing a permanent social, economic and ecological turbulence. Social innovation starts from the willingness to transform ideas into action to respond to problems and contribute for solutions where public policies are failing to provide effective answers. Despite the fragmentation of the field, Regional Science has been an important catalyst for social innovation research by paying attention to territorial innovative responses to emerging social needs.
The 25th APDR workshop Social Innovation Towards Sustainability: Embracing Contemporary Challenges for Regional Developmentwill promote the reflection and knowledge sharing on social innovation practices connected with sustainability and regional development. It intends to promote an inter-sector dialogue among researchers, activists, local, regional and national policy makers, associations, non-governmental organizations, practitioners of social innovation and social entrepreneurs.
The workshop will take place on 16th April 2020 at the Faculty of Economics, University of Algarve (Faro, Portugal). Its main objective is to discuss the state of the art of social innovation in Regional Science and the contemporary challenge for sustainability. Topics of discussion, among others, regard social innovation, micro-scale innovation, transformative innovation, sustainability transitions and community-based sustainability projects. The workshop intends to stimulate synergies between research, governance and civil society initiatives, present examples of community-based good practices, and contribute to the visibility of social innovation as a central topic for the transformation of society towards a more sustainable future.
The workshop is organized by APDR – Portuguese Association for Regional Development and CES - Centre for Social Studies of the University of Coimbra, with the support of CinTurs - Research Centre for Tourism, Sustainability and Well-Being of the University of Algarve. This workshop also benefits from the support of the Atlantic Social Lab project, co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) through the INTERREG Atlantic Area Cooperation Program (EAPA_246/2016).
Notification of acceptance will be communicated until: 14th February 2020 Proposals should be submitted electronically, as a Word File, to firstname.lastname@example.org, indicating in the subject “25 Workshop APDR - Abstract" and include: the title of the paper, a summary of up to 250 words, keywords (up to 5) and the chosen presentation type.In order to increase the potential for knowledge sharing, and networking, participants will be able to choose one of the following type of presentation:- traditional presentations in parallel sessions- parallel ‘braindate’ sessions (peer-to-peer learning sessions where participants will have a moderated discussion time after the presentation of their communications, to build joint studies/papers or intervention projects, based on their expertise’s).Although this is an international workshop, participants can indicate if they want to present in Portuguese. If there are enough submissions, we will open a parallel session exclusively in Portuguese.The organizers have launched a call for papers for a special issue of Sustainability (MDPI Open Access Journal). All the authors presenting in the workshop are invited to develop their presentations into publishable manuscripts for peer-review. Deadline for submission is 31st July 2020.APDR@2020